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Head gasket leak (need studs) but...

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So, I'm a few weeks out from getting the head stud kit done (which obviously will replace the head gaskets)

I'm not towing anything...
It's driven "normally"...no off roading, no "mashing the pedal"...just...well, normal.

It is indeed leaking some coolant though as the stock bolts (no knew news here) have given way...

Is there any danger in continuing to drive it until I can get the head stud kit done?

Starts fine (albeit it needs to be on the "plug" in the morning as it's 0 degrees here in KS and sometimes BELOW right now!)

Runs fine.

Sounds normal...

Just want to be sure as again, I'm a couple/few weeks out before I can get the work done. Don't know if I continiue to drive it if I'll do any damage to the heads or the cylanders.

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-08-2011, 10:42 PM
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Assuming you are getting coolant out the degas tank, means you probably have an oil cooler and egr cooler that are toast. Hence your head gaskets are probably gone too. Changing to ARP studs is a good call, but make sure they check those heads at a reputable machine shop for cracks and for surface warpage. As for driving it until you get the job done is debatable. If you drive it easy and don't throttle down hard on it, you'll probably be ok. The key is not creating any additional damage to the engine i.e. Block damage due to coolant escaping.
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Also make sure they replace the oil cooler and either ugrade or delete the EGR

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