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Old 31 Mar 2014, 07:33 am
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Default Re: Headgasket / Overheating

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Originally Posted by PTCommuter View Post
My '01 PT (N/A 207K miles) developed a cracked in the radiator. i noticed the crack when the PT overheated on way into work. I added some water to get me home, but on the way I had to pull over and add more. About 1/2 way the heat stopped working and before I could find a safe place to pull over the engine died.

When i got home i filled the radiator with water to look for more leaks, I pulled the plugs and turned over the engine and got a water fountain display you would expect to see at a Las Vegas Hotel. Also, courtesy of a loose exhaust pipe, water pouring from the exhaust manifold connection. But, no water in the intake. I started stripping down the engine thinking it was the head gasket.

So, I have the head off and I don't see anything obvious and not sure what to look for. Would a head gasket failure explain the massive amount of water flow? Do I get a new gasket and put it all back together and hope for the best? Take head to machine shop or just give up and buy a new car? PS: First head gasket attempt, have mercy on me. I assumed car is scrap so wouldn't hurt to try.
You need to check for warped head as well as cam rock. Lay the rear cam in the head and push down on the ends to see if it will rock from end to end. If it doesn't check the valve side of the head for straight.
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