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Old 12-03-2009, 10:59 AM
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I fixed a truck(not ih) that some one used stop leak in instead of fixing it right. I've ran across this more times than not with this type of product, bad stuff. If you must temp patch a cooling system use an egg or black pepper, works as good and doesn't do this to you head gasket. The stop leak was only in this engine for about a year too.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:41 PM
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Default Re: stop leak, bad for your engine

does this really do this?? i just put some in my scout 66 with a 345** but it can really eat head gaskets like that? hmm i really need to gey my radiator patched.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:47 PM
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Default Re: stop leak, bad for your engine

Thanks for the tip, Scott!
Keep 'em comin!
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:37 PM
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Default Re: stop leak, bad for your engine

I'd hold out for more scientific proof as least for IH motors. (Don't we run steel gaskets?) As I've put more then my fair share of that stuff in my truck and it has been running as a daily driver for over 5 years since I know I last put some in. Without a single issue related to heads or other coolant areas. I do have some leaks under the intake manifold but it's probably due to age anyways. (The welch? plugs)

Just my observation so maybe I'm just a lucky one.

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Old 12-03-2009, 07:49 PM
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Default Re: stop leak, bad for your engine

been in mine for going on 4 years and no problem...
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:51 PM
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Default Re: stop leak, bad for your engine

That damage was probably already done, Stopleak or not
I like the egg trick better than Bar's Leak
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:09 PM
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Default Re: stop leak, bad for your engine

I am with IH wild
I have used the stuff many times in my younger days. Never had a problem.
That being said. I think that fixing it right is a much better idea
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Default Re: stop leak, bad for your engine

I've seen that on aluminum head and cast iron blocks. The Bars leak drops out in the engine block near the freeze plugs. I open a few motors and wash a cup or two of that stuff out. If the radiator leaks and your not going to fix it, just remove the radiator cap, then you will have no pressure
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:54 AM
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Since coolant and therefore stop leak couldn't touch that gasket where it blew out I can't blame the stop leak. That damage is more likely from overheating and detonation or warped head. Most people don't check coolant until the engine overheats then top it off, find a leak and add stop leak. Un fortunately the damage is usually done by then.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:03 AM
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Default Re: stop leak, bad for your engine

I never said it happens to EVERY engine, but it does happen to a lot of them. This gasket blow out had nothing to do with warped head or over heating. I ended up replacing the rad, heater core and water pump. The water pump had the fins eaten off by the stuff and the heater core was plugged up from the stop leak. I worked in a shop for 18-20 years, this problem is common with stop leak products. You can use it if you want, but it's a crap shoot if you do.
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