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Old August 13th, 2012, 03:38 PM
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a leaking manifold gasket can let water into the intake valve or the lifter valley

and it is at the top of all the things you have to remove to get at the heads


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This is just my two cents, but if you plan on throwing boost at this engine any time soon, do both gaskets, get the heads checked and maybe studs, I don't know how strong those arp bolts are supposed to be


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No matter what when you change the head gaskets on a 2-head engine the proper thing to do is to change BOTH gaskets.

As far as a compresson check, most compression checkers come with manuals. Basically there's an adapter you screw in in place of a spark plug and connect the gauge to it. Disconnect the ingition coil, then turn the motor over, to where it makes at least 3 rotations which is normally about 5 seconds. You can watch the needle go up too, it pretty much stop going up when you hit 3 revolutions. Write the number down and repeat 7 more times (5 if you are russo), then comapre the numbers. Anything more that 5% variation is no good. From there you can proceed to a leak down test, but you don't need that because it check the piston rings and you are having any of those problems, just burning coolant.

Also keep an eye on your spark plugs when you pull them out, the one that is burning coolant will look different that the others, and that will be your problem cylinder.


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This is just my two cents, but if you plan on throwing boost at this engine any time soon, do both gaskets, get the heads checked and maybe studs, I don't know how strong those arp bolts are supposed to be
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He said five MORE times J.. cmon now.


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IIRC, the ARP bolts are supposed to be 15% stronger than Grade 8 bolts.
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I put this in the chat box but added it here as it will get walked on before you see it

get good quality parts from one of the many local stores or catalog stores, there are several choices on head gaskets but I will not go ot on a limb & recommend one, DO replace all bolts use for sealing (heads, intake & such) they do stretch once used


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