Head Gasket toast? - Saabnet.com Bulletin Board
So we have a 1997 Saab 9000 CSE automatic with 139k miles. Its a nice Dark blue color, maybe it is the so-called 'Anniversary' edition? It has the Aero body color bumpers, etc. Super Aero 16 inch wheels, and the airplane logo seats.
Anyways, since I don't have a coolant pressure tester (yet) or a leak down test setup, I am trying to diagnose what may be a simple and singular problem:
1. Coolant in reservoir disappears quite quickly. After a short time idling or driving around the block it triggers 'CHECK RADIATOR LEVEL'. No external leaks to be seen. No bubbling of exhaust gases were observed in reservoir. Exhaust does not seem exessively vaporous, but again it is frigid cold here and all engines are putting out visible condensation.
2. Oil level is a bit high, and a bit milky looking.
3. Plugs (3 of 4)were a sooty, almost oily black. the Fourth plug is still in head-it was stuck and I didn't want to hear a 'snap' noise come from it and a resulting 's**t' noise from myself.
Engine starts and runs. A bit of lumpy unsmooth idle. I have yet to
shine light to inspect tops of cylinders for water washing.
So, is a HG replacement job calling?
posted by 67.245.17...
Posts in this Thread:
Post a Followup
No Site Registration is Required to Post - Site Membership is optional (Member Features List), but helps to keep the site online
for all Saabers. If the site helps you, please consider helping the site by becoming a member.
This is a moderated bulletin board - Posting is a privilege, not a right.
Unsolicited commercial postings are not allowed (no Spam). Please, no For Sale or Wanted postings, SERIOUSLY.
Classifieds are to be listed in The Saab Network Classifieds pages.
This is a problem solving forum for over 250,000 Saab owners, so expect to see
problems discussed here even though our cars are generally very reliable. This is not an anything goes
type of forum. Saabnet.com has been a moderated forum since 1988. For usage guidelines, see the
Saabnet.com Mission and Purpose Page. Please remember that you are
not anonymous. Site Contact | Site Donations | Other Sites by SP -
Poverty2Prosperity.org | RandomScreening.com
Your address is: 184.108.40.206 - Using CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) - Logged.
Site Members do not see red text instructions, skyscraper, nor box ads.
Click here to see all
the Site Membership Benefits!