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1995 Jeep Cherokee Question: Head gasket problem

 

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keithpettersen, 4.0L 6 Cylinder, Bayville, NJ, April 29, 2011, 16:38
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I have some oil in the radiator over flow tank. is the possibly a blown head gasket or cracked block

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 29, 2011, 18:49
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    Does the engine run rough or run hot? Have you had mysterious coolant loss or exces pressure building up in the radiator? 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-lis7550.... Carbon Monoxide is only present if there is a blown head gasket or cracked cylinder head. http://www.arrowheadradiator.com/head_gasket_or_combustio... 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.

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