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coolant pressure test results by Dukeiboy
Started on: 11-19-2014 10:58 PM
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Report this Post11-19-2014 10:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DukeiboyClick Here to Email DukeiboySend a Private Message to DukeiboyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Tonight I bought a fancy new cooling system tester after noticing I was loosing coolant. I hooked it up to the radiator and topped the coolant off, and pumped it up to 15psi. The gauge showed that I lost a few pounds in a couple minutes, but I did not find any external leaks. I reset the gauge and started up the car. The gauge was not really building pressure, so I pumped it up to about 15psi again. From there it steadily rose to almost 30psi before I shut it off. what is this telling me?
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Report this Post11-20-2014 11:00 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Pick one or more:

A. The tester is junk
B. You don't know how to use the tester
C. Your radiator cap is defective
D. There is a head-gasket leak

If your tester is accurate you pretty much have to pick C, because it should not hold 30 lbs. ever.

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Report this Post11-20-2014 03:52 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DukeiboyClick Here to Email DukeiboySend a Private Message to DukeiboyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The radiator cap was replaced with the test cap during the test..

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Report this Post11-20-2014 03:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
OH......

well then we are looking at 'D' I think.....a leak from a cylinder to the coolant.
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Report this Post11-20-2014 07:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DukeiboyClick Here to Email DukeiboySend a Private Message to DukeiboyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
That's what I was afraid of, does anyone know of any shops in Dubuque, IA that can check for cracks in the head?
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Report this Post11-20-2014 10:08 PM Click Here to See the Profile for thesameguyClick Here to Email thesameguySend a Private Message to thesameguyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Although a PITA, you can remove the spark plugs when running the test to see if pressure drops more quickly. Without them helping hold pressure, head gasket leaks will have far less of an issue leaking into the cylinders and you'll see that on the gauge.

Any half-decent machine shop can check heads - you just gotta pull them off and drop them at a shop. Some auto parts stores have attached machine shops, but I personally try to find the old grumbly guy whose been doing it for years.
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Report this Post11-21-2014 12:33 PM Click Here to See the Profile for theogreClick Here to visit theogre's HomePageSend a Private Message to theogreEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
So is a L4?

Try Pull spark plugs.
Example:
If 4 plug shows "rust" then could be dead intake manifold gasket.
#4 under vacuum and coolant is 0-16 psi... Is easy for #4 sucks coolant from bad/loose gasket.
Intake Man Gasket w/ bad install can easily die.
This gasket isn't used w/ any sealer. Many people use RTV and is a big no.
low torque is big problem.
over torque can break intake.

Fixing if true?
use FelPro gasket and torque to spec. (25 ft/lb)
Torque is for clean and dry hardware but be careful because 1 goes thru head into oil drain hole for valves. torque to spec that bolt can break intake.
(1 hole next to dog bone bracket for 87+ versions. Not sure if applies to older versions. Very likely is same.)

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Report this Post11-21-2014 02:24 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DukeiboyClick Here to Email DukeiboySend a Private Message to DukeiboyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Good idea, will try that as well. Yes 4 cylinder w/ 77,000 mi.
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