how would I know if I have a blow head gasket on my 1996 dodge dakota 4cyclinder the engine is a 1997?

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  • 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

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  • 2 months ago

    You would have thick, white smoke coming out the exhaust. 

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  • 2 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.

    Occasional overheating.

    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.

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  • not
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    There is a test for combustion gases in the cooling system. You need a block test kit. 

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  • Bort
    Lv 6
    2 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. 

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  • May
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    You would *KNOW* when the head was removed and could be inspected

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  • Dze
    Lv 7
    2 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 ..

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