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#14: 10-14-2012, 11:37 AM
 
 Off Road SHO
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I lifted the front end 3 feet higher than the back with my lift and it didn't take more than a half cup of coolant, so I know it's as full as I can get it.

It wont over heat just idling but as soon as you take it down the road, up she goes and doesn't come back down. Needle fluctuates rapidly as I'm driving, between sort of hot and very hot.

I read the temp with my infrared thermometer and get 225 at the intake of the radiator, fresh from the engine. This has got to be a blown head gasket.

I adapted an old compression tester to take air pressure and put it in the cylinder, but don't think I'll be able to spin it into a spark plug hole with its rubber hose and no room between the valve cover and the fender well. We'll see.

I should have never switched out that 2.2.

Tom