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Old 09-23-2012, 09:49 PM   #11
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you used a sealer? for a head? why not repair/replace head?
Thanks for the reply. Figure the machine shop should have found it during the clean and milling.

Too much spent already. Once I discovered the cracked head, the cost becomes unmanageable ($200+ for the reman head; - over the $700+ already spent). Car isn't worth it. So we patched it and will drive it until it dies, unfortunately.

I don't like chemicals either. But this was a last ditch effort to get it to run right.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #12
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you used a sealer? for a head? why not repair/replace head?
Well ya, temporarily, but eventually did the right thing and pulled the head a third time! I can do this in my sleep now. Can almost make flat rate now!

Turned out the head wasn't cracked, just not sealing well between #3 and #4.

Root cause of the leak: Cylinder head bolts could not bottom because the backyard mechanic neglected to clear all the old oil from the cavity below the threads in the block. So while I got a good torque reading, the bolts would hydraulic on the old oil.

Red faced and embarrassed I am.

Running fine now, 200 lbs compression across four cylinders, no pressurized cooling system and oil consumption dropped significantly.

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