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Old 07-10-2007, 11:19 AM   #1
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Hi I had pulley go and belt, thanks for help.but now I have a bigger problem head gasket has blown.i am in spain and no one seem to known. which engine I have the engine no is s4296417 and its 1995 3.8 series2 it only has one belt.they say theres two head sets for it, how can i tell which one i have.and how i can one out two spain fast.
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are you absolutly sure that it is a head gasket?

from what I understand, it is very very rare for these engines to blow a head gasket, and I have never seen one myself.

is there any possibility it could be an intake gasket failure?
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its not the head gasket im almost 100% on that one.

Its just like Crash said. Lower intake gasket or upper is leaking.
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You don't have a blown head gasket.

Read this:
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...e=article&k=38
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I would check the oil..... if it looks milky AT ALL, or has ANY sign of coolant in it, change the oil NOW, or the bearings could be shot.
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Crash.. you can't go by the oil in my opinion. The standard symptom is for coolant to get into the cylinder through the intake. This is burnt and causes lots of white smoke (on most cars..this would be a sign of a head gasket). All the coolant is ingested into the intake and burned. The upper intake ruptures and coolant flows in where the air flows.


The lower intake gaskets can fail and end up with coolant in the oil..however the likelihood from the experience here is the oil appears fine.
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I wasn't saying to go by the oil as to whether or not the gaskets are bad. I was just suggesting that it be checked out just in case. Better to check and know for sure that it is ok, It would never hurt.

I guess I should have included that in my previous post
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thanks for help, it turns out itis thehead gasket,no water in oil, but will change anyway,but what I realy need now is the settings for head bolts ,rockers ,these are the most importen to me, here in spain they don't have a clue, thanks again for your help. Tonyd.
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I doubt your diagnosis. We have yet to see a single proven case of a blown head gasket with over 8000 members and 5 years here. You can have a smoked UIM or bad LIM gaskets without having coolant in the oil. You combust the coolant while the engine is running.

Plese tell us your symptoms and do a compression check on all 6 cylinders.
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It sounds as if you have the heads off. In that case.. you will need new head and rocker bolts. They are not resuable and stretch when used. Once they stretched once..it is critical that you replace them.
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