how would I know if I have a blow head gasket on my 1996 dodge dakota 4cyclinder the engine is a 1997?
- 1 month ago
first, put your face by the tail pipe and have someone start the car.
If your vision is obscured, it has a bad gasket
- 2 months ago
You would have thick, white smoke coming out the exhaust.
- Papa/CrashLv 72 months ago
A milky whitish deposit on the oil dipstick.
Dirty looking or oily brown water in the radiator overflow tank.
Soft and/or swelling radiator hoses.
Oil in the water from a leaking head gasket will also eventually soften the rubber O ring between the plastic bottom radiator tank & the aluminum core and your radiator will start leaking water at the bottom.
- notLv 72 months ago
There is a test for combustion gases in the cooling system. You need a block test kit.
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- BortLv 62 months ago
Coolant in the oil or oil in the coolant, loss of power, clanking noises, and smoke/steam coming out of the sides of the engine are some of the symptoms of a failed head gasket.
- MayLv 52 months ago
You would *KNOW* when the head was removed and could be inspected
- DzeLv 72 months ago
obvious signs would be oil in the water or vice versa or white smome under the hood .. then you could compression test it ..