If the head comes off it really ought to be skimmed. A decent workshop will be able to take the minimum off, and of course, check for distortion which to the naked eye will not be obvious.
you will need to drain the block down before taking head off draining from rad drain will still leave coolant in that will escape when taking head off.Yes I know to drain the fluid before removing the head. Who knows where to look for traces. I'd just scour back both surfaces and clump the new one hope it blocks the gaps.
Hi, the obvious think to look for is the head gasket. There is another possibility however if the head gasket is not the culprit! This is the oil cooler: It can corrode internally, it is not visible until you remove it, and as a result water gets into the oil! My guess is that you have a gasket failure because you have white smoke, suggesting that the leak is near the cylinder head.Hi, I just bought an Alfa GT 2.0L JTS. It is my very first Alfa. I haven't had much time to study the engine but before I found this issue it has about using up large amounts of coolant and emitting white smoke (with a distinctive hot coolant like smell) from the exhaust.
The engine timing and power is normal and there are no signs of a leaking head gasket nor can you see any coolant leaking from other parts of the engine like hoses or other components. Yet the reservoir level drops at a fairly fast rate and the smoke from the exhaust is a high.
I thought before I spent the time to look study the cooling system and try to trace the cause of the "leak" I was wondering if anyone knew of a common cause of the problem and was able to share some of their knowledge about the issue. Thanks