I have a 1991 Grand Am with the DOHC Quad 4 2.3L engine
A small amount of water started to appear in the engine oil awhile ago,
but I thought it was due to short starts/stops during the Fargo winter.
Unfortunately, a recent oil change now shows a *large*
amount of water.
Question #1: Am I right in assuming that either the head gasket is bad,
or else the head is cracked? Is there any tests that I can do to
doublecheck? What else could it be?
I've never replaced a head gasket before, but I'm bright enough to
follow instructions and can page through a Chilton's and a Haynes. When
I started to look up the procedure, Chilton mentioned something about
releasing springs on the Exhaust manifold before removing the fasteners.
Question #2: What is Chilton's talking about? Springs under the nuts?
Question #3: A quick inspection of the exhaust manifold shows some
rather rusty nuts. Any suggestions/tips?
Question #4: Since I have the engine partially apart, is there any
cheap maintainance steps I should also take?
This isn't a valuable vehicle, but for being a Minnesota car, its
free of rust. I'd rather not pay a mechanic to do the
work, since I want to extend my skills and I possess more free time
Thanks in advance for the help. I haven't posted to this newsgroup
before, but I've read a lot of the posts here, and there seems to be
plenty of knowledgeable and experienced people here.
PS: Do you have any other advice for me?
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