Head gasket or something else?

Discussion in '2005 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma' started by wbfischer, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. wbfischer

    wbfischer Member

    I lose a little coolant overtime
    Was getting bubbles in my expansion tank, and the coolant wouldn't pull back into the radiator once the engine cooled down it would stay all the full but radiator would be low. Have replaced the cap once already. was dead set thinking has to be the head gasket Welll..... Now I'm lost I got one of the block test kits to check for hydrocarbons in the coolant and I sat out there doing it for 20 minutes with a fully warmed up engine. It stayed blue the whole time....so now I'm not sure if its the head gasket or something else. Any help would be great.
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  3. Lil G

    Lil G Well-Known Member

    I can’t help you but someone can. We will need a year model and the size of engine and mileage
  4. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    Most likely 2005 4.0
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    Lil G Well-Known Member

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    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

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    wbfischer Member

    I just got one in the mail today bough an oem thermostat , radiator cap and getting upper and lower hoses. Going to flush the system fill it up and see what happens on saturday
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  10. OP

    wbfischer Member

    Yup it is. And posted before when I thought it was the head gasket for sure because of symptoms, but after doing the block test kit several times with no trace of combustion gases I'm super lost . so I'm replacing thermostat, rad cap, upper and lower hoses. I took it by a mechanic and asked what he thoight on it. No over heating amd truck runs quiet and very well with it passing the block test he doesnt think it's the head. His exact words were ive never had a tacoma in here that had a problem with a head gasket and have been doing this a long time. So idk. Also used the cooling system pressure test kit from autozone and it lost 1.5 psi over the course of a few hours so pretty slow. A coworker was having similar symptoms in his tundra or tacoma I don't recall which he drives turned out to be 2 tiny pin holes in top of radiator. So I have my fingers crossed in hopes its something small ove overlooked

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