1995 Chevy Silverado head gasket failure

Tiny
KAREN LYON
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  • 1995 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 4,138 MILES
We put a rebuilt engine purchased from a national company into our chev pickup truck. In under 1 year and 4138 miles the head gasket failed and caused serious damage to the engine. What could have caused this. I didn't overheat until the gasket failed and not knowing the problem, I kept the truck running to get it 10 miles home. The concern is; did the headgasket fail for some reason other than overheating as it overheated after failure of the head gasket. I'm confused.
Thank you for any help you can offer.
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 AT 6:32 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

There are a few reasons why the gasket could fail, normally it's due to a chronic over heating problem, other reasons are incorrect head bolt tensions and re used torque to yield head bolts, another cause can be the failure of a previous head crack repair. The head will have to be removed and inspected to try to determine the cause.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 AT 6:37 PM

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