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Unread 03-02-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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Will a cracked head or head gasket......

Will a cracked head or a blown head gasket show signs during a coolant pressure test?

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Unread 03-02-2009, 08:09 PM   #2
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One way to check is take the radiator cap off, warm the engine up and look for air bubbles in the radiator. Or if you have an old cap, take the seal off, install it, warm it up and look for bubbles in the overflow tank.

Yes, you can check for internal leaks with a coolant pressure tester. Warm engine up until thermostat opens.

Attach a Pressure Tester to the filler neck. If pressure
builds up quickly, a leak exists as result of a
faulty cylinder head gasket or crack in the engine.
Repair as necessary.
WARNING: DO NOT ALLOW PRESSURE TO
EXCEED 124 KPA (18 PSI). TURN THE ENGINE OFF.
TO RELEASE THE PRESSURE, ROCK THE TESTER
FROM SIDE TO SIDE. WHEN REMOVING THE
TESTER, DO NOT TURN THE TESTER MORE THAN
1/2 TURN IF THE SYSTEM IS UNDER PRESSURE.
If there is no immediate pressure increase, pump
the Pressure Tester until the indicated pressure is
within the system range. Vibration of the gauge
pointer indicates compression or combustion leakage
into the cooling system.

Isolate the compression leak by shorting each
spark plug to the cylinder block. The gauge pointer
should stop or decrease vibration when spark plug
for leaking cylinder is shorted. This happens because
of the absence of combustion pressure.
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Unread 03-04-2009, 08:35 AM   #3
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Will a cracked head or a blown head gasket show signs during a coolant pressure test?
To answer your question. Yes. The pressure will leak down and you won't see coolant leaking anywhere.
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