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Head Gasket Leak Steps?

 
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:45 AM
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Can you change out the rest of the plugs?
If so and have done that do the rest of the tune up, wires, cap & rotor and see how it runs.
Once running get it up to normal temp and then try and see if it will come out.
You may need a little help on the ratchet by slipping a pipe on it make the handle longer to break it loose.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:50 AM
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I keep a short piece of old copper water pipe in my carry tool box to slip on a 3/8" ratchet for leverage. I keep a 4 foot piece of old water pipe around to slip on a 1/2" to really get rough. Won't hurt to keep spraying with penetrating oil for several days prior to remove to take advantage of diurnal cycling in hopes it'll wick some deeper into threads? Sometimes I smack my ratchets with a hammer to bust things loose.
 
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by 86ford1 View Post
1) Got the oil changed. There was no coolant in it. Just oil.

2) The truck had completely stopped starting prior to oil change. After oil change, it started right up with some carb cleaner spray in intake.
It had not been started in several months, so stalled several times. Would immediately restart with reapplication of carb spray.

3) Drove to the gas station and put some gas. Ran very rough and then almost smoothly if I manually put it in lower gear.
Please share any thoughts on what that means. As said, I have pretty limited experience, so not sure what it means concerning
possible head gasket blown if it seems to run fine in lower gears.

4) Also cannot understand the white smoke blowing. It blew a small amount after first starting and I observed what seemed to be
water in the exhaust pipe. Not green, not coolant. Then after the drive it completely stopped blowing white smoke. If it is the head gasket,
wouldn't the white smoke be consistently blowing?

Next step would be to empty coolant and try a snake oil (that I know is the least greatest thing but what I can do right now) IF IT IS STILL INDICATED that this is a head gasket with the new information:
*low gear running alright
*no coolant in the oil at all
*white smoke not blowing at all times

thanks very much.

If it was antifreeze the 'smoke' and water from your tailpipe would have a syrupy sweet smell to it.

Is it white or is it grey?
 
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by 86ford1 View Post
Thanks to Fuzzface for a simple thing to try before proceeding to testing, I got a set of plugs, wires, cap and rotor.

I am stuck with the first plug I tried to remove refusing to budge. It is the first one closest to the cab of truck, so awkwardish spot. I can get a grip on it, but it is not budging.
I don't want to break it in there.

Please any suggestions for removing super stuck spark plug? wd40? If I can get the plugs changed, then i can move to checking the gas. Thank you. Very much.
Min was rough too, especially with the AC in the way. If you have a big enough wrench you can slide it over the ratchet for more leverage, that's how I had to break loose a couple myself without a breaker bar handy.
 
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Spark Plug STill stuck - what to do

After 3 days and 2 nights soaking in PB Blaster, the plug still will not budge. I read to put a small piece of rag around the plug and saturate with the oil to keep it in contact and have had it like that.I have tried it periodically throughout the day and then resprayed and there has been no movement EXCEPT for part of the porcelain on the plug breaking :(

The 13/16" socket I was using did not have the spark plug insert, so it must have wobbled with the extension on on one of the tries. All the little pieces are out after being washed away by numerous PB sprays and socket still grips plug, so have kept trying. Went to O'Reilly today and purchased a new 13/16" spark plug socket, so I don't have to worry about wobble when pushing at it. Still nothing.

I am not sure what to try now. I was able to get the other 5 changed and the new cap and rotor on. I can't run it now though with the porcelain broken on the last plug. I do not have a piece of copper pipe, so would need to see about gettin a piece. I am worried now with it part broken about breaking it more. Am trying to keep it as stable as I can when wrenching at it. I saw a $18 breaker bar at O'Reilly when I got the $7 socket. I don't know if that would make a difference or not. Or just keep spraying and trying. It's soaking again tonight for another try in the morning. Just updating and seeing if any other suggestions with porcelain part broken not to get it off......Thank you all so very much....it may sound dumb to some, but the help here makes me know there are some good people on this earth.

P.S. Odisvan- will look at the smoke closer when the plug is out and I can run it. In my memory, the liquid was not syrupy sweet. Seemed like just plain water. Smoke color seems white in memory. A few of the times it was the huge, ongoing, billowing cloud of smoke seen smoking out an intersection or following a car down the road.
 
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Do you have an air compressor, or access to one? A pneumatic impact gun should make quick work of the problem.

If access is limited, here is your answer:


https://www.harborfreight.com/air-to...nch-68426.html


This is not to be confused with an ordinary air ratchet. This is basically a 90 degree impact gun. I have one and it is phenomenal in use. The only downside is you'll need to wear a paper bag over your head so nobody sees you shopping at HF.
 
 


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