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Coolant Leak...is this yet another Head Gasket?

I have a coolant leak, rear right side of the engine which looks to be around the head gasket. It drips on the starter. Is the only thing this could be is a head gasket leak? I have OEM gaskets with ARP studs that have less than 3000 miles. could I just try and tighten the head bolt in the back? This is my 4th set and the truck doesn't have 80,000 miles yet.
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your pic is too small for Me but
i would look long and hard for the leak even pressurize the system

blown head gaskets aren't known to leak externally as a rule but you may be the exception

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Thanks. I unfortunately always seem to be the exception. But now I have some hope. I tried adding a larger picture...but it's still not the best.
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I had a leak I chased for a while
I also thought it was a head gasket till I talked to some pro's at Strictly

eventually i found it using a dry paper towel
mine would only leak when cool and not under pressure mine was a loose clamp at the heater bypass valve were I had my coolant filter tee'd in

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I'm no pro but if it were me I would check the small blue tube going to the oil cooler most likely it is that or the heater control valve inline with the heater core. Like Zmann said not likely a blown hg leaks externally. It is coming from the top of your motor, I had a similar leak it was the blue tube going to the egr delete to the oil cooler. You just got to put your hand in the valley on top of the motor and you will find it. Good luck!


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It is probably from a hose leak in the valley.

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Have you figured out why you keep blowing gaskets or is it still a mystery? What work has been done when replacing them??
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My valley is covered in goo and grime. Imma get at it in the morning and see if I can find any lose connections or bolts. I have a little oil leak
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