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jfrold 10-30-2019 12:07 PM

Blown head gasket!?!
Hi all,
Drove to the grocery store this morning after leaving the campground we spent the night at. All was normal. Stopped in the parking lot. Unhitched the van and when I fired it up again, big cloud of white smoke... coolant smell.

I let it cool down, fired it up for a minute to check the coolant level while running and I can see a lot of air bubbles popping at the surface...

All is pointing to a blown head gasket right?
We are in Asheville, NC, about 2.5 miles from the Cat house. Haven't called them yet, but they will likely be super expensive and super busy.

Thing is, this bird has been our house for 5.5 years now, we have 3 teenagers and a dog. I can't just leave it somewhere for weeks while I go back home. We are stuck here.

Any help or tips is appreciated.
84 FC35 SB with 3208t

Ssmarinediesel 10-30-2019 12:16 PM

Unfortunately it most definitely sounds like a blown head gasket.

Mike Hohnstein 10-30-2019 12:19 PM

Sounds that way. On our return to WI after a one year absence, learned the hydronic heat loop under the sun room addition on our house is dumping 30 gallons a day into the ground, always something.

B.Nyhof 10-30-2019 01:00 PM

Bummer. Been there done that. Going to tackle it yourself? Find a place to stay so you can work on it and live in it. Not the ideal situation, but doable. Good luck.

photoadjuster 10-30-2019 01:25 PM

If have seen liquid glass, poured into the radiator, used to stop a head gasket from leaking. Never knew how long it actually lasted, but it did enable the truck to drive to town and to the repair shop.

jfrold 10-30-2019 01:28 PM

I don't have the knowledge or time to tackle such a job with working full time...
We are supposed to be in Arkansas in just less than two weeks, grrrr

kunzelj 11-08-2019 04:07 PM

This is the scenario I play over in my mind while considering long trips in my Wanderlodge. It's 31 years old and in good shape. The engine will blow one day and I won't take it on a long trip without standby resources to get it fixed. The dilemma is one has fewer choices when on the road... or fix it at home proactively anticipating what might cause trouble on the road. Like everything, there is a balance.

Crit Bliss 11-08-2019 06:05 PM

Jeff, you are correct. This is why I replaced my engine when I found a suitable candidate, the time and place of MY choice.

jfrold 11-12-2019 01:11 AM

Well, we made it to AR, but I think our rad is giving us some issues again.
We have to do some work on it to go further... but at least we are close to where we wanted to go this week.
We were able to drive from Asheville to Little Rock in normal conditions until this rad issue...

ChrisRasman 11-12-2019 01:25 AM

Can't win. Jeff, what did you find out about the head gasket? You obviously got moving to find the issue with the radiator. Is it a swing out? I am ignorant of the FCs. You might get lucky with a mobile mechanic. A little cleaning, flux, solder and a good hand on the right torch you could be fixed.

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