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Old 12-19-2011, 12:28 PM
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Unhappy 2004 PSD - Head Gasket Failure

It looks like I have found a HG failure. I don't have any puking, fluids mixing, or hydro locked, but it appears I have determined a HG failure on the drivers side.

A little over a year ago, due to puking I installed a BPD EGR delete and external air-to-oil cooler (OEM oil cooler delete). Since then I have had no coolant loss or puking, or fluid loss of any sort.

Recently I install a 4" cat back exhaust, and an 80HP tune from DP-Tuner. Looks like the extra power did me in. What a shame...

While getting ready to do some work under the hood during my vacation, I noticed some moisture around the driver's side header, and upon further investigation, this is what I found...





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Old 12-19-2011, 12:37 PM
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Man that sucks! I guess its time for new gaskets and studs and then your set for a long long time.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:45 PM
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I've been stewing in my head, and planning a new set of heads, HG's and ARP's. But not right now. It is really really bad timing.....

If I can find a way to lift the cab, I'm doing this myself. Otherwise its getting hauled to Bean's
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This is your DD also right? You gonna do it your self or pay to have it done?
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:50 PM
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It's my daily driver, and the plan is to do this myself. Although, the plan....has been new heads, HG's and ARP's, that being the job done myself. Been budgeting for that since it seems 8 out of 10 heads are craked on these things. If I have to pay someone to do it, I have to hope I'm one of the 2 out of 10.....
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:56 PM
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It would be a good gamble since you are not out there running it as hard as most people with big tuners etc... Looks like you caught it early so maybe you will get lucky. On the other hand, about three days and a lot of sore muscles later you could do it.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:07 PM
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Yeah, the EGR Delete/Oil Cooler weekend was rough. I hurt for a few days after that one.

I have a good friend who works at a Cadillac dealer. My first cal is going to be to him to see if he can get news heads for any kind of wholesale cost, and then secondly to ask if he knows of a place where I could rent shop space for a couple days to do the work.
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I wonder if those heads have an International part number as well? I have a mechanic friend with an account there. Could have him check on a price for you as well.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:52 PM
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I tried the international dealer here, and they could not pull them up. I don't understand why, but the guy seemed to give his best shot, with no sucess. But if you think he can find them, I'm open to all ideas to save what ever money I can. I've already dropped $5000 on this truck, and preparing to drop another $4000 plus. Every little bit helps...
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Hey Eric, I called my guy and he seems to think he can get them but he needs your engine serial number off the sticker on your valve cover. Get that for me and he will call in the morning for ya.
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