I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this, but when troubleshooting my no start condition. I noticed that I had a bit of antifreeze dripping from the exhaust bellows on the outdrive. That seemed really wierd to me, so I started pulling spark plugs. On the number two cylinder, (going from bow to transom) When I would crank the motor testing to verify spark, I noticed that some coolant shot out of the spark plug hole.
Typically from what I know about cars, is that it's either head gasket time, or new motor time. Is this correct, or am I jumping to conclusions?
At this point I have not removed the valve cover or head, making sure that my suspicions are correct.
Probably just a manifold gone bad.You need to pressure test the heat exchanger system to see if it leaks.Jerry
Jerry, once again you come to my rescue. I know the cooling system leaks as of right now. Filled up with antifreeze coolant mixture, worked on starting and such. After cranking and working on it for awhile, noticed the antifreeze leaking from the exhaust bellows. Coolant is definitely leaving the system somehow. Is it possible to test the manifold? Is it repairable?
Again there is still no antifreeze in the oil. Is this or could this still be related to the intake manifold? I did notice when I loosened up the oil cooler bolt on top, that a bit of antifreeze dripped out of the bottom of it.
A bad head gasket will usually still show some compression. And if it is compromised between adjacent cylinders those will show approximately the same numbers, lower than the other good cylinders but still some compression and not zero.
It takes open valves or big holes in pistons to get a zero compression reading. Usually.