[Spridgets] cooling system issues revised---Help

ryan.kubanoff at comcast.net ryan.kubanoff at comcast.net
Fri Apr 25 09:37:12 MDT 2008

if it was a gasket wouldn't the coolant flow back into the radiator once cooled?  I am seeing it full in the expansion tank.  It seems to flow from radiator>engine>expansion tank>ground instead of back to the radiator.   But I will have the compression test done. ideally today but if i have a potential valve gasket leak will that confuse the results?  should I replace the valve gasket, have the compression test done, the potentially rip the engine apart and do the head gasket?  I really am new to this level of repairs so I am clueless.

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: "vern at srvinet.com" <vern at srvinet.com> 

> Ryan: I am surprised that no one seems to have suggested that this is 
> the classic symptom for a blown head gasket. Maybe I missed it. 
> Vapor from the combustion chambers push the coolant into the 
> expansion tank and you lose it. 
> Vern 
> ryan.kubanoff at comcast.net wrote: 
> >Okay, I have replaced the missing thermostat and did a coolant flush. And once 
> again after a long ride in traffic she was leaking antifreeze out of the 
> expansion bottle. After letting her cool for a few hours I opened her up and 
> found most of the radiator empty and the expansion bottle filled to the outlet 
> pipe. This seems to imply that the coolant is cyling through the system hitting 
> the expansion tank and then pouring out instead of cycling back into the 
> radiator. Now what? Oh and for further fun I have no working temp gauge. 
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