Join Date: Jan 2004
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Re: what is the truth about all these head gasket rumors?
Yes, head gaskets are known HOWEVER,can be prevented with easy maintaince
replace water pump 60-80k
use 180* TStat, 15* cooler actually help prolong 2.2L top end life because stock tstat puts average of 200-220* without-with a/see in variety of condition. With 180*, it'll never see over 205* I have yet to hear blown gasket with 180*tstat and coolant cleaning/replacing every 80-100k. I got 134k on my 2.2L with 180* and several mods, half of its life was driven high rpm and other half just low rpm, took top end apart, everything was just fine and compressions are great. had several minitruckers here in az that had blown gasket with stock tstat, switched over 180* after top end rebuild, NO problem and healthy
180*stat or lower is NOT a mod, it just works at certain temp for cooling temp preference, 160* too cold for stock-modded and 180* is best overall, however with in cold winter, can put 195* in since it wouldnt go over 200* unless you heavy footing
as for dexcool,there are several variable that can mess up, I see no problem with it as long you use dexcool and dexcool cleaning procedure and it'll be allright, its either all dexcool or all prestone, simple, if its not working well, stop and take it chevy and fork out the extra cost to fix your error and no worries for enxt 80-100k
if its $ a problem, just buy walmart dexcool and shits with it, take it 2 chevy and tell them just do this and that way you pay for labor and not ridiclous part cost
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