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Oh NO! Is this a headgasket failure??!

mo5005

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1988 Volvo 760T 180K.

Cooling is seeping on the side of the block from the "headgasket" area. I dont have coolant in the oil or visa versa. With coolant leaking outward means that my headgasket about to fail?


thanks,
mo
 
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If it's right at the front of the engine, it could just be the water pump. If it's anywhere else, you're probably looking at head gasket.
 
driver side.... so intake side.

its not all down along the block.... its more like a centralized area near the front of the engine. (right near the thermostat housing)
 
I assume you are seeing the boiled off residue of coolant, i.e. a white colored deposit, which is below the spot where the head and block meet?

If so: blown HG.
 
My HG leaked out the side of the block right above the oil separator/below the intake. I thought it was heater hoses at first, but it was the HG. Check the upper radiator hose and thermostat housing, just to make extra sure it's the HG.
 
Check the upper radiator hose and thermostat housing, just to make extra sure it's the HG.

My wife's '89 had a bad T-stat gasket and I thought it was the HG. Whoopsadaisy! Oh well, the old engine had 305K on it, so I put in a rebuilt.

A compression check on a warm engine is your friend to save yourself $$$ & time.
 
That's what I did. It wasjust seeping coolant out the side of the block. So slowly in fact, that I only had to top it off evry 3 weeks or so. Just keep an eye on the temp gauge and check the coolant/oil levels and condition frequently.
 
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