Mystery solved

John Sessoms johnsessoms at
Tue Aug 7 11:37:17 EDT 2018

What kind of car?

I'm not in the market now, but *IF* I ever have to replace one I want to know if 
there's any I should eschew.

On 8/7/2018 05:04, Larry Colen wrote:
> Ever since I replaced the motor in my car, I've been having coolant issues. 
> There have been some leaky hoses, which were solved, then another would start 
> leaking. One only leaked while under pressure, and that was a very fine pinhole 
> stream.  For the most part there were no puddles under the car. There was no CO 
> that showed up in the coolant. The compression test results were quite good, 
> with only one cylinder being a few pounds higher than the rest.  The motor had 
> the after market head gaskets, with the exposed bit (which showed they were 
> replacements) looking quite clean, as if they had been replaced along with the 
> new water pump and timing belt which I found when I took the front cover off.  A 
> couple weeks ago, I gave up, and ordered the $300 worth of parts to replace the 
> head gaskets. Money that I had "saved" when the motor was outside of the car and 
> it would have been convenient.
> I got the heads off last night and this morning, and sure enough there was signs 
> of exhaust leaking into the water jacket, which would have pressurized the 
> coolant and blown it out the overflow tank, just as it seemed.  The coolant 
> system being basically sealed is why the leak didn't show up on the compression 
> test.
> Just to keep it on topic, here are some photos, devoid of artistic merit, of the 
> cylinder heads etc.  I've got them pretty much cleaned up now, so with luck I'll 
> have the car back together sometime tomorrow.
> My whole experience with this car has been a continuing series of lessons on how 
> expensive it can be to try to save money on cars, and especially car work.

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