<VV> Stinking heater update (now head gasket?)

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Sat Dec 1 18:33:46 EST 2007

You cannot tell until it's off....?? the oily residue is a good sign? of no damage [ from my experiences]

Matt Nall
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-----Original Message-----
From: David Fasgold <dfasgold at yahoo.com>

Unfortunately, I believe that the problem is a leaky head gasket, so I'm going 
to investigate that. There is a small "tic, tic, tic" sound that I hear from 
that side of the engine after it warms up (doesn't sound like a lifter). I 
haven't done a compression test yet. There is black gummy residue on the head 
below one of the cylinders. I never really suspected a head gasket, since the 
motor runs so well, and it has always had the smell (I've owned it 9 years and 
driven over 30K miles in it).

If there is indeed a head gasket leak, how likely is it that the head is damaged 
now? I'm wondering if I should round up a replacement before I tear it down.

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