head gaskets on 1993 Ford F-150

how to tell when the head gaskets are bad

Asked by for the 1993 Ford F-150
3 answers
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, and Napa sell a tool to check to carry out this test. 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.
Pat I'm sure you mean HYDROCARBONS not CO.
Look for white smoke coming out of exhaust or check oil dip stick for milkshake like foam.