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Old 04-18-2011, 04:44 PM
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Best way to test headgaskets

Looking for suggestions. I have seen lots of youtube videos and read tons. Not seeing 100% reliable way.

See my signature for what I have and have done.

I was going to test the cooling system PSI and I believe this would be reliable anything over 16PSI would mean there bad right?

or is there a way with my insight or oil test maybe??

mah77 has me scared since his are bad with low miles and low delta.

I am just doing this as a precautionary since my oil cooler was clogged pretty good I had 27 degree delta. I didn't loose any coolant. My EGR cooler looked ok and I didn't see any wetness in the intake, but it was sure full of soot and gunk.
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:33 PM
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Here is a tester and a video of it in action courtesy of BulletProof Diesel. Don't be overly concerned about head gaskets until you have a legitimate problem. Get the bubble tester and check for yourself.

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Old 04-18-2011, 05:55 PM
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Here is a tester and a video of it in action courtesy of BulletProof Diesel. Don't be overly concerned about head gaskets until you have a legitimate problem. Get the bubble tester and check for yourself.

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So if no bubbles no problem then?

I seen this but wouldn't I always have bubbles because of pressure in the system?

I know I am probably being paranoid but I want peace of mind again. I was pretty angry after putting my insight on and seeing my oil cooler was clogged and my ficm was bad. I kept up with my maintenance and played by the rules. Two dealers said I would void the warranty if I put gauges on it.
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I hear you and was in the EXACT same boat as you. That's exactly why I got the complete BulletProof setup after my warranty expired. I didn't want to have to go through that whole nightmare again after having 4 bad EGR coolers and 1 bad oil cooler. Those warranty invoices were expensive and thankfully I didn't have to pay except the $100 deductible. I now have peace of mind once again and I tow a heavy trailer here in the desert.

Give those guys a call and you will see that they know what they are talking about.
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Hello,
Im not trying to be cheap but I thought I remember seeing plugs like this at home depot but with no hole..? I would like to get one of these but almost $40 seems like alot after paying shipping. Im going to stop by a few stores today but I know Ive seen plugs like these around here somewhere. Im thinking just buy a rubber plug and a hose and find a fitting and make my own.
I just thought I would ask you guys if you remember seeings plugs like these in your home depot,lowes or ACE stores before I spend $40 and wait a week for it to get here.

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Now I remember were ive seen these rubber plugs.. Its at our swimming pool store.. I havent went there yet but they sell these to plug your pipes for winter. I have not been there to see what sizes they have though,Im going to stop there on my way home from work today.

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Well it dont seem like anyone cares but I got everything I needed at my local pool store and Home Depot for under $7.

enjoy
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Well it dont seem like anyone cares but I got everything I needed at my local pool store and Home Depot for under $7.

enjoy
Can you post up some pics of the setup? People are always looking for ways to do stuff better for less.
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I have pictures that I will post when i get home.. Also it seems there is a better way to test for headgaskets and that is using the HERO kit way. Im sure you know about this but I just found it. Im going to buy a gauge today on my way home and some hose to make this HERO kit.
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I have pictures that I will post when i get home.. Also it seems there is a better way to test for headgaskets and that is using the HERO kit way. Im sure you know about this but I just found it. Im going to buy a gauge today on my way home and some hose to make this HERO kit.
I haven't heard of the HERO kit or that method to test for HG leaks... Please post up what you have found. Thank!
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