Hi, I have a 89 Chevy C2500 w/350 engine that I replaced the
head gaskets on a few weeks ago. Today I have a lot of bubbles
in the anti-freeze. Crap. When I replaced the head gaskets a
few weeks ago the problem was between 4 and 6 cyl. where the
head gasket just let go after several years. No problem, I
thought, so I replaced all the gaskets, cleaned and inspected
everything while doing it. The engine has 150,000 easy, well
maintained miles, never hauled anything heavy. Everything
looked great inside.
I am a custom gunsmith by trade and assembled everything
meticulously. The head and block seemed very flat and an
indicator only showed about .001" low between the 4 and 6
cylinders, and it is not leaking there now anyway. The engine
didn't leak anti-freeze before replacing the head gaskets and I
only have 200 - 300 miles on it since. I do know that I got the
heads on without damaging the gaskets as I was extremely careful
when I did it. There was no dirt either. Now it is leaking
compression into the anti-freeze and the radiator shows quite a
few bubbles, more than just a tiny leak in there somewhere.
I used a gasket set from NAPA and am now wondering if these
gaskets are of poorer quality than they used to be? What are
the best gaskets to use these days? I don't want to have to do
this again! I used the NAPA HS7733PT-15 head gasket set which I
believe is a Fel-Pro set.
Have these Fel-Pro sets been okay lately? What would you use?