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Old 06-20-2010, 07:56 PM
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Question Combustion leak test kit for head gaskets

I am still having some puking issues when pulling my 12K 5er or running Eric,s xtreem street tune. The ford tech told me the head gaskets were OK. He said that the 6.0 could still puke even with ARPs. (had gaskets done with arp studs and just got NEW egr and oil cooler.) I want to check to be sure that the head gaskets got done right. I am wanting to test for combustion gasses in the degas bottle.
I read on another forum that you could test for combustion gasses. If present, this would indicate a possible head gasket problem. This is the kit (UView: Product Detail).
Has anyone used this or something like it ? and if so how well did it work ?

I do not puke a lot but i do still loose coolant out the bottle. When pulling my coolant temps run 200 to 215 at 70mph (hilly hwy) and outside temps of 95 to 97. Do those temps seem right?
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Same stuff I use and it works.
Temps are average for around here under similiar conditions
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Dannyboy,
were did you get your kit?
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O'reilleys auto parts nothing fancy but it works.
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I'm having similar issues & concerns. I never once puked coolant, but heard so many horror stories. So to be pro-active, I put in 4" MBRP exhaust, replaced head gasket, and ARP headstuds. Still no pukes. So I later put in Sinister EGR delete kit and at the same time I installed coolant filtration system, and went from Edge Platinum (which I only ran on tow mode), to SCT tuner with Innovative diesel tune. Pretty sure they rebuilt the oil cooler at the same time. Very soon after all of this, I started getting the pukes. took it to dealer, they did pressure test, and blamed the degas bottle cap (I had JUST replaced it with a Ford one, and put another Ford one on after this, then later tried Napa cap: all the same). Then I replaced bottle thinking that it was a seal problem. Nope, still get coolant pukes running empty.

One Ford expert told me to install coolant guage right at the spot where the degas bottle line goes into the intake. He said the Edge coolant & oil temp guages aren't telling the full story, and this would tell me more accurately how hot the coolant is getting, and whether it's oil cooler or head gasket.

Ford dealer told me they put something on the degas bottle (a dye??) and it there are exhaust gases, the coolant will change color, and it means head gasket.

The dye sounds easier than installing a temp guage. Is this what you guys did? How did it work? What was your final problem?

THANKS!!
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