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Alright, so my 99 318 half ton is burning coolant pretty bad. I figured a blown head gasket. So before I tore into it I put a block tester on it. After pumping the tester with the truck at idle for way longer than recommended the fluid stayed blue. So can a blown gasket still be the problem?
What do you guys think?
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How would I test for a bad intake gasket?
That wud make sense tho. The coolant leaking down the valves? I wudnt have any exhaust gases in my coolant. When I start the truck after it sits for awhile I get a clowd of white smoke. So wud the coolant in the manifold be draining into the cylinders while it sits?
1999 Ram 1500 Sport
318 auto 4x4
4in lift 33x12.50
I doubt an intake gasket leak would get coolant into the combustion chamber. Passages are good distance from intake ports.....
If it is burning coolant, you either have a blown headgasket, or cracked head. Worst case would be cracks in the cylinder wall, but, you would have had to seriously overheat the engine to manage that......
In any event, heads are going to need to come off. Personally, I wouldn't even bother taking them to the machine shop. Just replace them. You can pick up a pair of NEW, better casting heads, for around 600 bucks.
Main thing is they are alll within 15% of each other.
100-70 is a 30% drop
You have some problems.
Do a wet test, squirt a zlittle oil in cylinder, then see what your numbers are.
Sorry. OReillys wanted 40 sum bucks for the compression tester so I just rented it instead. Had to take it back yesterday.
They say to put oil in the cylinders to check for worn rings. The truck doesnt burn oil. Just alot of coolant. I know this truck has a serious problem.