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  • Blown head?

    Hey guys,

    I'm a fairly new member here, been a surf owner for just under 2 years.

    I recently started to experience a leaky rad, and knowing about the head issues surfs have, I wanted to get on it immediately.

    Ordered a new aluminium rad off of Ebay, got it professionally installed to prevent any issues my amateur ass might have caused, only to have the surf overheat 3 weeks later.

    I should have been keeping an eye on the coolant level, but got cocky and thought she was good to go.

    So I contact the ebay sellers, who tell me the radiator is under warranty, but it won't get to me for another 3 weeks.

    Well my surf is my daily driver, and I commute 30 min to work everyday. I kept driving it with the leaky new rad, just making sure to keep an eye on coolant levels and on the temp gauge.

    One day I'm driving home only to look down and see the temp gauge is maxed out. I pull over immediately, let her cool down, and realized the leak had turned into a full on hole.

    I get it towed home, 2 days later the new rad shows up, I install it myself in under 2 hours. Upon pulling the old new rad out I noticed a many of the fins were damaged on installation, not pleased (i'm thinking the mechanic didn't remove the lower part of the fan shroud).

    After taking it for a few short test drives I thought she was good to go, only to fire it up in a parking lot and notice a ton of white smoke emitting from the exhaust pipe.

    I'm suspecting it's the head, but how do I know for sure? The only symptoms are a rough start-up and white smoke. I don't see any mayonnaise like substance in the oil, and my reservoir isn't overflowing.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    I should also mention she is a 1994 3.0 litre


    • #3
      A compression test should tell you, though maybe not one done by the mechanic that fitted the rad