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Excessive moisture ...
#39343 Wed Dec 15 2004 09:35 AM
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...out of your tail pipe could be caused by a leaky head gasket or...?


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Re: Excessive moisture ...
#39344 Wed Dec 15 2004 01:40 PM
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Mugsy: Could be, here in the midwest we have a lot of condesation, heat to cold back to starting it up and blowing droplets out the back of tail pipe. Easiest way to tell is everyday check radiator, with a marked stick, before start and see if its going down. Ben

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Re: Excessive moisture ...
#39346 Thu Dec 16 2004 02:36 AM
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You can smell a head gasket leak, especially if it smokes out the tailpipe. It would have a sweet smell to it. It's probably condensation burning out of the exhaust system until it's full hot,
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Re: Excessive moisture ...
#39347 Thu Dec 16 2004 02:46 AM
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If all your driving is city driving for short periods your muffler could be full of water. Get it out on the road for an hour or two and see if that helps.


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Re: Excessive moisture ...
#39348 Thu Dec 16 2004 02:50 AM
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Well, it's official. I got a leaky head gasket. Inspected things today and noticed brown stains running down the forward side cover. Then noticed some green coolant on the dizzy cap closest to head. It's been cold here the last month so I thought maybe that's where the condensation was coming from.
Yesterday, while driving, she was runnin' a little hot. Checked the coolant and it was low. Filled it up.
Checked again today and it's already a little lower.
So, if I'm lucky, I'll just have to change the head gasket. And if I'm not lucky? Thoughts?
-David


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Re: Excessive moisture ...
#39349 Thu Dec 16 2004 03:04 AM
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You might try re-torquing the head before tearing into it. One caution though. don't rev it up too much until you have it under control. I had a nasty head leak on my Morgan once while on vacation. White smoke out the back and all. Anyway punched it and it caused too much pressure in the cooling system. Puked the radiator and heater.
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Re: Excessive moisture ...
#39350 Thu Dec 16 2004 03:05 AM
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Before you rip it into millions of small bits , remove and inspect the spark plugs as water in the combustion chamber will make the plug squeaky clean .


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Re: Excessive moisture ...
#39351 Thu Dec 16 2004 06:19 AM
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Is a head gasket just something that goes bad over time like a valve cover gasket? Or is it most likely an affect of an underlying problem such as clogged water passages?
I put a new radiator in last December and haven't had overheating problems since then. It ran a little hot a couple days ago but, the coolant was low.
No water evident in oil. The exhaust smells like exhaust. I'll check plugs tomorrow.


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Re: Excessive moisture ...
#39352 Thu Dec 16 2004 07:17 AM
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You can put oatmeal down the radiator cap

Re: Excessive moisture ...
#39353 Thu Dec 16 2004 07:40 AM
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Hey and it'll cook and be ready for a snack by the time I get to work. I like cinnamon and raisin best. Although the raisins might get hung up here and there.


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