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Old 10-31-2004, 01:37   #1 (permalink)
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Head gasket leak??

Hi guys.I am getting a bit paranoid about my cold idle on the morning.I have seen some water come out but not the colour of the coolant..green.Does this mean I have not got a leak?Or could it be my catalytic converter?
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Its just condensation, the by product of the Cat is H2O, it comes out as droplets until the exaust heats up and evaporates them.
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best way to check for a head gasket leak is pull your spark plugs out and see if they are clean. if so that means it has been filling up with water. usuall happens to number 6 first but can happen on all of them. also check for water leaks on the exhaust side of the head as this is where the water jackets are.
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Hmmm, possible, but doubtful, the head gaskets on AU's are pretty tuff, still, check your plugs for water, also check and see if your oil is cloudy, thats a good sign of head gasket leaks.
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Old 10-31-2004, 02:44   #5 (permalink)
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No milk in the oil...which is good.The plugs stayed quite clean in the last engine and this one...maybe I will have to wait to see if my water coolant level changes much over next couple of days.Also if there were a slight leak on the AU would a retorque have a chance of fixing this?I mean these things run steel head gaskets..right?

Also once it warms up in a 10 minutes it is fine and the performance is good...
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Useless, is it coming out the tail pipe?
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Yes the tailpipe and only in the morning or after being stopped for for a good while.Ive seen water splatter out black from older cars with gasket problems but this water appears clear.No green coolant.I suppose it rules out gasket leak?You would think it would be green...wouldnt it?
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Its definately covered in my first reply mate.
Mine does it sometimes, mainly after a very cold night.
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Old 10-31-2004, 03:14   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks mate I think that propbability is that you are right,but this idle in the morning is annoying.One thing that I have noticed is the car doesnt go into higher revs like it used to in the mornings.???
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As does mine, its reasonably normal especialy with less mufflers etc
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