Way To Tell If Intake Or Head Gasket?


I'm kind of a She-Man
5 Year Member
Aug 25, 2011
Between the Red and Rio
Ok so a few weeks ago I had the ac fixed and when I ran er she overheated w ac on, bad tensioner. So anyway I made it home but I had a puff of white smoke out the tailpipe and sum steam from the back of engine around lower intake area. There didn't appear to be any h2o in the oil. The intake bolts were a little loose if that has anything to do w anything. Is there any way to tell if its intake or head gasket before its torn down? Oh and the car didnt overheat w ac off even after puff of smoke out the tail. That was a 30 mi ride home.
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They make new pistons every day, so why worry?
5 Year Member
Jul 2, 2009
South Jersey
Compression test and exhaust gas tester would be a good start to eliminating a blown head gasket. If the intake bolts were loose you may want to look there first