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Old 02-09-2013, 02:00 AM
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seen coolant all under my truck i traced it up to the corner or i think head gasket on pass side right above where the oil filter goes has nayone else seen this is it the gasket weeping on the corner or??? and how hard is it to take head off so i can get it decked and new arp studs n gasket??? i work on cars but ive never had a head off a cummins thanks guys!!!!
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:57 PM
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Might check it with the truck running. When the water pump is going out it will dump a puddle of antifreeze.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:29 PM
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yeah it could be your water pump. i would do the head studs anyhow. are you boosting above with the 150hp injectors?
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:51 PM
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it happens but pretty rare , i would clean it up and put some pressure test the system and verify exactly where the leak is spawning from

doing the head on a cummins is crazy easy although i would get help cause its pretty heavy and service information actually tells you to use a hoist to lift it

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while head is off get it o-ringed
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:31 AM
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Might be a cracked block too. but there is a water passage in that area.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:34 AM
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Head weights about 200lbS deff head stud and fire ring it
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:52 AM
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well i drove it 300 miles today and had no leaks??? it doesnt over heat or anything stay at about 190ish and i only boost 32psi nothing crazy fire ring it do i have to just get head ringed or block to im looking to just get stock head gasket with arp studs??? i heard you onyl want to use stock head gasket no aftermarket ones, ill have to clean it up tomorrow and see if i see it leaking and pressure test it


oh and i noticed it may look like coming out of that little 3/8s plug and fan blowing it over on the side
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:24 AM
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Has the head ever been off and the fire ring get machined to the head

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If the heads never been off I would just use a stock gasket

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Old 02-10-2013, 11:11 AM
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no heads never been off
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