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Head gasket leak

Head gasket leaking pretty bad at front of motor. Tried some irontite stop leak that did not work. Could I get by with just doing the gasket or do I have to get the head planed? Money is tight right now.

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It does not sound like this just happened, so you should have the head and block checked. You should install new head bolts as well.

Stop leak may be a temp fix on a gas engine but these little diesels make way too much presure for any of those to work.
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First off you want to really wash the engine off clean as posible front to back top to bottom. inspect with a mirror, to see where the leak is be sure it is not a thermostat.
You really do not want to use any stop leak, it is plugging something, heater core, radiator and will cause a lot more problems in the future, that it will ever cure now.
We use to change any that showed corrosion and the three short ones.
I would get the head checked and you get new valve guide seals with the gasket kit get them installed at least.
I personally have never seen a block distorted. You do want to draw file the deck to be sure it is flat and no dings.

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