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Old 06-24-2002, 10:42 AM
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Ashman probably said it your oil usage.

Another question is whether the leak is near the front or the rear of the engine? If it's near the front, then it's more likely the timing cover seal, not the head gasket.

Otherwise, oil leaks near the rear of the head is likely the head gasket. Yes, it will only get worse, but you can buy a little time, just by monitoring oil usage and add when necessary. At this point, there is no real engine damage, but rather an annoying oil leak.

Oil in the coolant reservoir indicates a total gasket that point, time is up. Driving any further will result in coolant overflow from the excessive cylinder head pressures manifesting themselves into the coolant path.

Continuing to drive with an overheated engine will result in a warped head...which is much more expensive than just a gasket.
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