I wanted to know if there was anywhere i could take my car to see if the head gasket is blown before i go get one put on the reason i think its blown is because it runs hot sometimes when i turn my air on and or i smell somthing weird and then i hear a boiling noise and antifreeze begans to leak or so times the top comes off the overflow tank i put a new radiator on there and it ran good for one day and then the same thing began to happen
blown head gasket on 1997 Ford Taurus
by sneak in Kansas City, MO on August 19, 2010
ANSWER by patrick mannion , August 19, 2010
The most accurate way to test for a blown head gasket on a gasoline engine is to test for the presence of carbon monoxide in the cooling system. Snap-On, Matco (part # CO 2000), and Napa sell a tool to check to carry out this test. Another link to a supplier of this tool is http://www.etoolcart.com/combustion-leak-detector-lis75500.aspx. Carbon Monoxide is only present if there is a blown head gasket or cracked cylinder head. http://www.arrowheadradiator.com/head_gasket_or_combustion_leak_test.htm I think the napa part number 700-1006. http://www.blockchek.com/instructions.htm . Signs of a blown head gasket are coolant loss (frequently have to top up the coolant level of the engine without seeing an obvious leak), experiencing over heating or rough engine running or the presence of white sweet smelling steam from the exhaust. A badly blown head gasket may allow engine coolant and oil to mix.