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Caterpillar 3208 Solutions This sub-forum is hosted by Mike Hohnstein who has been at this kind of thing for 50+ years now, guess I'm addicted. The saga has been all about progressively larger shop space since then. Honestly, never wanted to get into the CAT 3208's that were originally considered to be a throwaway engine but that's all that works in a FC in my world. Same thing with my Ford toter, that came with a NA, too much effort to hang in a 6, so been at it with the CAT V-8 for 20 years now. In reality you can get excellent life out of a CAT 3208 if it's built correctly. Post your questions about the CAT 3208 engines here and Mike will try to help you out.

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Default Weeping Head Gasket - Not Blown

I have a weeping head gasket on one side of the 3208 in an SP. The mechanic who did the inspection said it was so minor he would not bother replacing the gasket and so I didn't get an estimate for the repair. I don't need to add oil between changes.

Since it's weeping, is it at higher risk of blowing? And does anyone know a ballpark figure for replacing the gasket if it's not blown and the head is still in good shape? The head would have to be removed through the dog house below the bed. I assume it's mostly labor and that the gasket itself is not that expensive.
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Do not worry about it. Only a problem when gasket fails between the cylinders, engine will lose two cylinders, major loss of power, immediate repairs are required then.
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Okay thanks Mike, that's basically what the mechanic told me, don't worry about it. However I had a potential buyer ask me what it would cost to replace the head gasket.
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I'm curious what the cost of replacement would be if it does blow. Thanks.
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its must be cold in Calgary ,
3208 sometimes weep at the head to front assembly panel, nipple and seal connection.
turn on the block heater, warm it up
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You know Bill, that could be part of it. It was below freezing when I took it in for the inspection and the drive wasn't long enough to warm up the engine. For me, the leak has never been an issue.
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Rich, just to clarify this issue, does the 3208 weep coolant? Does the 3208 weep engine oil? Or, does the 3208 weep compression (air/fuel mixture?
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It weeps oil. I asked the mechanic if there was coolant in the oil or anything else to indicate it was blown and he said no. I have no coolant leaks and after my 750 mile trip to Washington didn't have to add any coolant to the radiator, it was still covering the sight glass in the surge tank. I don't think it weeps compression either as I have plenty of power.
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