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Old 03-03-2019, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default Possible blown head gasket please advise

After some quick searching I see that these vans weep sometimes (https://www.sprinter-source.com/foru...ead.php?t=8610). Mines seems to be a bit more than a weep. Today was the first time I have noticed actual droplets of coolant on the cross member. Below cylinder 3 and 5 exhaust ports. I am using this coolant: https://europarts-sd.com/GenuineMerc...002-2013-1.asp I was in there to replace a broken manifold stud but gave up in depression after seeing this. Probably going to pay a mechanic to do the exhaust stud and put on a new manifold gasket. Is this engine doomed? Should I start researching head gasket repair? Throw some coolant stop leak in there and call it good? Can anyone recommend a las vegas sprinter mechanic? I am in las vegas until the end of April at which point I will be moving back to Golden CO. and a visit to Linden is in short order. I just really need my van for work and living and hope this isnt the beginning of the end. PLEASE ADVISE

I have had to add coolant to the van maybe 3 times in 30k miles. That blue crud builds up on various coolant hoses as well. I flushed the system and replaced the coolant just over a year ago along with water pump and most coolant hoses and EGR. This thing is nickel and diming me to the death. Debating giving up van life :(
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Old 03-03-2019, 09:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Possible blown head gasket please advise

1st thing to do is check inside the oil filler cap for brown/green mayo where oil spray should be, if found a blown head gasket is likely.

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Old 03-03-2019, 10:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: Possible blown head gasket please advise

Check for exhaust gas in coolant. Autozone should have one for sale, doubt they rent one.

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Old 03-03-2019, 10:38 PM   #4
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Default Re: Possible blown head gasket please advise

We have just done one like this on a 2003 Sprinter recently.
The gasket around the pass thru coolant ports were eroded away.

If you want to delay the job try BG Coolant Stop Leak .
Being organic its made from a Brazilian pepper that works well but will flush out with just plain water internal engine coolant jacket wash once the repair is competed.
Hence it won't permanently plug up your cooling system.
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Linden, do you think I can limp this for another 2 months until i can get to your shop? I'd be looking at getting this repaired, check injectors while they are out, fix exhaust manifold bolts, and probably a new exhaust (very rusted). I think I've seen you quote about $1500 for the head gasket job. Is that still current? Should I call tomorrow to set up an appointment for May?

Thanks everyone, I'll report back on the oil filler cap and coolant shortly...
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Default Re: Possible blown head gasket please advise

Oil in the coolant is rarely from the head gasket. The oil passages are not close enough to the coolant passages. Some quality stop leak can do the trick for a while.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:58 PM   #7
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Default Re: Possible blown head gasket please advise

Oil cap looks good. Also added an example of the blue crud growing out of all the coolant hoses. BG products are not sold at the regular auto part stores so I'm gonna have to hunt some down this week. Plan of action is to patch with BG until I can get to Linden in May.
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Old 03-04-2019, 12:38 AM   #8
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Linden, do you think I can limp this for another 2 months until i can get to your shop? I'd be looking at getting this repaired, check injectors while they are out, fix exhaust manifold bolts, and probably a new exhaust (very rusted). I think I've seen you quote about $1500 for the head gasket job. Is that still current? Should I call tomorrow to set up an appointment for May?

Thanks everyone, I'll report back on the oil filler cap and coolant shortly...
Yes that is about right depending upon parts consumption.
With BG it should last
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Default Re: Possible blown head gasket please advise

kinda looks like some 'other' coolant was added to the mix?
(resulted in that greenish/blue schtuff.... huh? never seen such b4..)
with lots of corrosion on the various engine parts... ?
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:46 AM   #10
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Van came from Washington DC and had quite a bit of rust. I have no service history but believe the previous owners weren't the most diligent of owners. I cant remember what the old coolant looked like but I dont remember it raising any red flags. Oh well damage is done. Hopefully I caught it soon enough and it will hold together until I can get to Linden...
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