Mechanics

HEAD GASKET

1997 Dodge Ram

Engine Mechanical problem
1997 Dodge Ram V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 120000 miles

My mechanic found coolant in the cylinders and says I have a blown head gasket. He suggests I buy a new engine as with the miles on the truck it's more economical than having to repair the lower gasket next. Is he sending me down the right path?
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Javapage
July 30, 2008.



Hi there,

you can run the risk of starting to burn oil if you o/haul a cylinder head on an older engine, I would do a leak down test on the engine to determine the integrity of the rings, and also take into account if the engine was starting to burn oil before the head gasket issue.

Mark (mhpautos)

Mhpautos
Jul 30, 2008.