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Old 05 Sep 2015, 08:02 pm
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Has anyone experienced overheating in an 03 Turbo cruiser. It has 75,000 and has been well maintained. Seems like the leak is coming from the back of the engine. I'm losing about almost a gallon a day. Did a coolant pressure check and the system seemed to hold pressure. Did a compression test and got 122, 112, 125, 122. Did a cylinder leakdown test and got 15%, 8%, 8% 15%...engine cold, plugs removed. Heard very slight hiss coming from back of the engine. Does this sound like a head gasket leak? Should I remove the timing cover and inspect the WP? The right rear side of the engine looks wet when the leak occurs but can't see where its coming from w/o tearing everything apart. Any and all advice is welcome.
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Old 05 Sep 2015, 08:35 pm
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Hard to tell without the car in front of me... turbo coolant inlet and outlet lines, (connections at the block), oil cooler lines at the block, and water pump. You might need a lift to see where the leak is coming from.
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Old 05 Sep 2015, 08:49 pm
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Default Re: 03 Turbo Cruiser Overheating

Also the oil cooler has 2 coolant lines that like to gum up and split over time, check those out.
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Old 05 Sep 2015, 10:06 pm
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Also the oil cooler has 2 coolant lines that like to gum up and split over time, check those out.
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Old 05 Sep 2015, 10:15 pm
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Hmm you compression test does not match your leak down test?

Generally 10% max leak down , below 4% cautionary.

I would retest compression wet and dry and make sure match engine cycling each clinder.
Then retest leak down.

You may want to consider doing a block test.

Also I am confused if you are leaking as much as you say you should see the leak when testing the pressure of cooling system?
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I'd go to my local Autovancereillynapa and rent a pressure tester and check for that leak. I agree with NitoPT about if you're losing that much coolant, you should be able to find it fairly quickly. A mirror and flash light between the firewall and back of the engine might come in handy.

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