HEAD GASKET PROBLEMS

  • Tiny
  • lonniecowdrey
  • 2002 Dodge Intrepid
  • 155,000 miles

Repaced water pump, heads are good and I did a liquid penatrent test on the block. Water still comes out of tail pipe. Could it be getting in somewhere before the heads ie intake

Monday, January 9th, 2012 AT 11:24 PM

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  • caradiodoc
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  • 25,270 posts

If it's liquid dripping and not white smoke, you're likely seeing one of the byproducts of the catalytic converter. There should be a tiny drain hole in the back of the muffler where water will also drip from. The clue is the coolant level will not be dropping over time.

You can also add a small bottle of dye to the coolant, drive for a few days, then check at the tail pipe with a black light. If you're seeing coolant there, the dye will show up as a bright yellow stain. If you have to pull the heads to check for leaks, that dye will often show up there too.

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 AT 12:58 AM

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