How Easy is it to warp heads/damage head gasket


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warmblood58
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How Easy is it to warp heads/damage head gasket

Post by warmblood58 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:02 pm



I have a '84 Interstate that overheated tonight in driveway just approaching the red zone - in my excitement to clear carbs I failed to notice that fan was not kicking in - in theory, easy or hard to damage head gaskets by overheating - ambient temps were in the low 50's -thanks!



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Re: How Easy is it to warp heads/damage head gasket

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:16 am

I would think you should be OK. Never let it sit at extreme high temps or damage will occur.

Are you fixing your electric fan by installing a bypass switch? So at least the problem is reduced for overheating.

warmblood58
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Re: How Easy is it to warp heads/damage head gasket

Post by warmblood58 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:29 am

yea, thats what I was thinking. I need to flush/refill and I should prob go ahead do the water pump and thermostate and while in there, clean switch and wire a manual on/off switch for future needs. Thanks!

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