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Head Gasket

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Benzoate, Jun 14, 2000.

  1. Benzoate

    Benzoate Registered Member

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    Can you drive short distances on a blown head gasket with out causing irresversable damage?
     
  2. ken

    ken 1/2 ton status

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    Well, it depends...usually things get REAL HOT, REAL QUICK, which will crack a head or seize the motor. That, and if water is getting into the oil, it will wipe out the bearings making your engine a total loss. I blew a lower rad hose on our '90 Sub going up Baker grade last summer...had all my little ones inside...100 degrees outside (at midnight!!), and about a mile from the offramp. I pushed it to get it off the road (instead of on the side) and it blew the head gasket. All the rest of the motor looks great, however, as I just tore it down and the lower end looks fine. Well, it was time...that engine had 250,000 miles on it!!! Here comes the roller cammed 350!!!

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  3. Benzoate

    Benzoate Registered Member

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    great, so is there anyway to determine a blown gasket vrs cracked head other than a compression test of the cylinders?
    I'm trying not to have to bring it to a mechanic and i've got people coming out to look at it. And of course I"ve disclosed the problem.
     

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