Blown Head Gasket in a 1997 Ford Escort

Old 01-21-07, 03:20 PM
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Blown Head Gasket in a 1997 Ford Escort

My 97 escort (5 speed) overheats. My stepson changed the radiator and the thermostat, but while driving it still overheats when accelerating. Temperature comes back down when idling. I think it might be a blown head gasket. Oil on the dipstick is kinda milky brown above the full mark and regular looking at the full mark and below. What should the compression be in the cylinders and if we change the gasket what are the procedures for cleaning the head? Also, how can we tell if it is a blown head gasket?
Old 01-21-07, 03:47 PM
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Milky-looking oil (aka peanut butter) = blown head gasket (also can be cracked head or block, but head gasket most likely candidate). No need to look any further. Or drive it any further before fixing it; water does not make a good lubricant. If you are going to repair it, send the head to a machine shop to be checked. They will clean it up and ensure it's not cracked and that the surface is not warped which commonly happens to overheated engines. If you replace the head gasket and the head is warped, you'll end up having to take it apart again if not corrected first.
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I agree with The Tow Guy........ head gasket or cracked block.
The oil kinda looks like coffee, right......that's not good.
I once did a head gasket job for a friend and did not have the head checked and it failed again about a year later.

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