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Old 03-02-2010, 12:15 PM
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Default Cracked block or not?

We were replacing the oil pan gasket on my dad's 40 and noticed antifreeze dripping from the #2 cylinder. The piston appears to be steam cleaned so that would confirm that. The head has been machined and a new OEM head gasket was used. The history of this engine is that the #2 exhaust valve was burnt. We can't find any issues with the old head gasket and the 'crack' doesn't really look like a crack anymore in the daylight. We borrowed a machinist straight edge from John and the block and head are straight. Almost looks like where the ring sat but we were hoping for a smoking gun. The head was magnafluxed.

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Old 03-02-2010, 01:39 PM
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I agree with your observation that the crack doesn't look like a crack.

Where specifically was the antifreeze coming from? As you know,
water (and antifreeze) can wander around a bit before it decides
to make itself visible.

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Wouldn't there a lot more scoring of the wall if antifreeze was mixing with the oil in the cylinder?
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That line is just too straight to be a crack! Cracks in cyl walls are usually diagonal or vertical not horizontal. Check the valve pocket for a crack! With the valve out it should be clean around the crack. Since the coolant was in the cyl I would check the intake valve seat....possible when they redid the head they cut the seat to deep.
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The antifreeze was dripping down the cylinder wall of #2. I was looking up from underneath. When we turned the engine over by hand, a drip squirted past the rings. I will pull the valve tomorrow and look but that sounds like a very possible scenario. One of the head bolts has a slight interference with a helicoil so it might not have been torqued enough so we are going to fix that. We also bought a tap to clean the threads for the head bolts this round. Last time, all we did was clear the holes of debris and turned them in with a small amount of oil on the threads per the FSM. I looked at the 'crack' at night and could catch a knife on it but the more we looked at it today, the less we think that was the antifreeze leak. We tried compressed air from the inside out and nothing went into the water passages.
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Nothing visually cracked. This cylinder is very clean so the rust may just be from us cleaning it. Not sure how to pull the seat out to make sure it wsn't drilled to deep or broken behind. We filled the head with water and tried to get compressed air into the water passage and nothing appears to be leaking under atmospheric pressure.

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Hopefully your efforts were just a waist of time! I'm "rooting" for ya!
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Took the head to Mountain High Performance to test it right. $65 seems fair. I don't see anything wrong with the head either.
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It all looks good from here. What Kevin said.
Does Toyota stake the exhaust valve seats or is that a machine shop deal?
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Machine shop found a crack in the exhaust runner of the #2 cylinder. That is good and bad news because I am relieved we found the problem but now we need a new head. I am still digging out the heads in the garage for those that expressed interest. The machine shop has casting numbers to identify the cross over years.
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