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I think that the intake gasket is blown, but I want to make sure that there isn't anything else.

 

When the engine is running, I can see coolant coming from the intake gasket on the pass side, and I also see that the gasket is pushed out a bit. Definitely an intake gasket.

 

The problem is that I can also see coolant coming out of a weep hole on the side of the head. Is this consistent with an intake gasket problem, or is that another problem happening as well?

 

I've never had an intake gasket fail before, so I don't know what it should look like.

 

Thanks!

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there are passageways in the head to keep water out of the wells that the spark plugs are in - it is probably leaking down one of those wells from the intake gasket

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I've had to replace ones on my '83 and '88 models. Hopefully just replacing the gaskets will fix things up. I would also think that you are seeing just some dripping from the leak.

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there are passageways in the head to keep water out of the wells that the spark plugs are in - it is probably leaking down one of those wells from the intake gasket

 

This sounds exactly like what I was seeing. I will take a bottle of water and pour some into a plug well. Then I can see where it drains out of.

 

THANKS USMB! You're awesome!

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