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Old 04-12-2010, 06:20 PM
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Default 1998 Dodge dakota, water in oil, heads and gaskets are fine.

What could the problem be?

5.2L engine

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bump to this question.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:38 PM
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There's only a few possibilities.
1. Head gasket(s)
2. Cracked head(s)
3. Cracked block

There's not a lot of ways for these two fluids to mix.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:44 PM
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must be a crack block then, as I said in the title the heads and gaskets are fine, new actually.
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:43 AM
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I will move this to the 2nd Generation Dakota Sub-Forum.
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Just saying the heads are new does not mean they are good. I recently rebuilt a C15 cat engine and they head that was delivered from cat was cracked. Also, this could be caused by head gaskets installed upside down. Or cross threaded head bolts or the heads could have been torqued incorrectly and that could have cracked them. Never overlook the little things while diagnosing, it'll come back to bite you.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:01 PM
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IMHO, I would start with the assumption that it is the head gaskets. You have a pretty serious problem and I would start with the cheapest potential issue. Whats the worst that happens if you pull of the heads and the gasket isn't wet? Your out a set of bolts and your time. But, you were going to take the new heads off if the block was cracked anyhow, so you really haven't lost anything...

Be optimistic.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:55 PM
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Pull the heads, have them magna-fluxed. This will tell you if the heads are indeed good.

If they checlk out good, then you have
1-bad head gaskets
2- cracked block (kinda unusual)
3- didn't have heads torqued properly, thus causing a leakage.

I'm betting the gaskets or heads.
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