Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Kingman, AZ 86409
Welcome to the site! Only coolant passage is in the head. Base gasket only contains oil seepage. Word of caution on the head bolts, many consider them to be a one time use. I've reused them, and I've also broken them off, so it has been 50/50 with me! New bolts are now listed at 14 dollars each (they used to be 22 dollars each!). After changing the gasket and refilling the coolant, make sure you burp the cooling system to get all of the air out of the system. I fill mine, let it sit for an hour or so, then loosen the water hose clamp at the thermostat. As the air escapes the coolant level in the radiator should drop. Try this a couple of times. I have a coolant pressure test kit that I use, it is for motorcycles. It allows me to test head gaskets without tearing anything down. Pump it up to 10 psi, and let it sit. Check for leaks on all of the hose connections. If the pressure drops and no external leaks are visible you may have a head gasket leak. I fire up the motor with the tester attached, and watch the pressure gage. A rapid increase in pressure tells me the head gasket is leaking. I found my kit on ebay for 39.95! May or may not save you money by using, but it sure is handy to have! BTW, keep coming back! We are a fun group!
2009 700EFI XTX, , AC Winch, 2010 Dust Shield EPI Sport Utility Clutch Kit , Street Legal, Cage chopped 2 ", Aluminum Diamond Plate Trim, Relocated Factory Bladders with covers, 5 Pt. Harness installed, Bed Tiedown System, Scat Pro-Car Seats, Secondary Battery installed, Oil Pressure, Oil/CVT Temperature, Volt Meter & Water Temp Gauges installed with Dash Plate, Bighorns, ITP Black 212 Wheels. Tonneau cover. 750 Big Bore Kit, Web Cam, and Rocker Arms.
Either - Dick or RD