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Unread 11-06-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
eminer42
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4.0 Trouble, How bad's the damage?

A friend of mine is selling his old cherokee, but there's some kind of problem with the engine/cooling system.

When the engine runs, it blows water out through the overflow bottle when started up, even with a 0 lb radiator cap. With the regular 16 lb cap there appears to be steam in the exhuast. He thought it might be the head gasket but not to sure. It's a 97 XJ with 138k miles on it.

I was going to buy it for parts, but if I can get the engine going again it's definitely getting sold.

Thanks for the help!

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Unread 11-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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Have you done a compression check?

It would seem to me that a radiator is designed to operate under pressure having a 0psi cap would create an opening to the overflow and pop the top off.

Also check the oil for water or a high oil level. Also for oil in the coolant.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 03:11 PM   #3
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No compression check yet, how/what do you need to do one?

There's no water in the oil or anything either. I'll find out more this weekend.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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Probably head gasket about to pop. I drove my 92 like that for 2 years lol. Just change the head gasket. It doesn't sound likes in the motor yet. It will if he keeps running it.
The water in the overflow at 0 psi is normal
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Unread 11-08-2013, 04:55 AM   #5
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Sounds like a head gasket.
Inspect the plugs and do a compression test (or better yet, a cylinder leakdown test).
If it is still running and not making any unusual noises, chances are the lower end is still intact.
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Unread 11-09-2013, 11:45 PM   #6
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Pop the cap and fire it up. If you see bubbles in the coolant its a head gasket blown to a water port
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