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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-07, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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1994 4.6L GM - Head Gasket Q's?????

BIG cloud of steam when I parked one night, looked under the hood expecting a blown or cracked hose. Nope, hoses and radiator were dry as a bone and looking good. Shined the flashlight around and caught a glimpse of liquid reflection. Further poking around resulted in me deteriming that the head gasket on the passenger side let loose, since there was copius coolant sitting on top of the intake manifold on that side. Sooooo, question for ya'll!

Assuming it is just one side, and assuming that I will do it myself, is it easier to pull the engine out to work on it, or can I pull the head pretty easily with the block in the car? It looks like there is room, but there is the overhead cam chain issue. What do you guys recommend?

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Re: 1994 4.6L GM - Head Gasket Q's?????

Hello, anybody here?????? Also, I forgot to mention that I now have a beautiful device for skywriting (if the car could fly) since it spews ALOT of puffy white smoke, especially at idle and low speeds. A little help here would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: 1994 4.6L GM - Head Gasket Q's?????

hey greenmerc, before you do anything to the engine try to make shure where the water is coming from.
It could be the intake manifold gasket that is leaking water, also try to ckeck the compression.

Depending on the equipment you have, it could be easier to pull the engine out.
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Re: 1994 4.6L GM - Head Gasket Q's?????

Thanks pdr, will do that; but since I also have the billowy white smoke, I had assumed that the head gasket is letting water into the combustion chamber and will need replaced also. At 174K mile on it, I may end up doing all the upper gaskets, which would tend to suggest that i should just pull the engine and gain access to everything huh? Thanks again.

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