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1997 Chevrolet Astro Question: Problem with cooling system

 

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davecallans, Costa Mesa, CA, January 22, 2013, 16:19
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I have a brown residue in my over flow tank and also in the top of my radiator,is possibly a blown headgasket?

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    January 22, 2013, 17:30
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    GM was putting something called Stop Leak Tablets in their cooling systems from the factory. This residue may be due to the tablets. Check the oil and see if it is a milky white color. This will let you know if the oil and coolant are mixing. IE: head gasket, intake gasket, etc.. If you are still worried you can rent a compression tester from an auto store and check compression on each cylinder. If you had a blown head gasket this would affect the drivability of the vehicle.

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