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99 GMC Sierra UOA #4610523
12/21/17 07:48 PM
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Truck has been using coolant these past 5-6 months with no obvious exterior leaks. A gallon of coolant will last me 3 months. I just top it off every couple weeks. Truck does not overheat & does not burn oil, but leaks from rear main seal. The oil did not look milky on the dipstick & neither did the oil when I drained it. Intake gasket or head gasket? Truck is a 99 Sierra with the 4.8

Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610527
12/21/17 07:53 PM
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Some gunk on the oil cap & filler neck.


Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610529
12/21/17 07:56 PM
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Time for a cooling system pressure test. See if the coolant ends up pooling in your crankcase, or in a cylinder.

Leave all the plugs out while you test. The offending cylinder (if there is one) will begin dumping coolant out of the hole. That will be a head gasket.

If it's only in the crankcase, then try just intake manifold.


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Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610534
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Every once in awhile Iíll get a check engine light. When I scanned it, it said it was running lean on bank one.

Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610549
12/21/17 08:15 PM
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Could be the castec head failure?


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Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610583
12/21/17 08:46 PM
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Were the intake gasket issues still around in 99? My 97's 5.7 were replaced under a recall/warranty but that might not have been for a couple/few years after 97, I can't remember?


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Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610656
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Wouldn't the oil be milky if the head gasket was bad? The oil I drained, which was the same oil I sent to Blackstone, was not milky at all. Was black like it always is after 5,000 miles. I've already put 400 miles on the new oil & pulled the dipstick, & it's not milky at all. Just condensation on the oil cap & filler neck. I'm gonna do what Blackstone says though, & change the oil every 2,000 miles or less till I figure it out. Still runs great & doesn't misfire, overheat, or anything. Just the high lead, sodium, & potassium levels worry me.

Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: caravanmike] #4610679
12/21/17 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted By: caravanmike
Could be the castec head failure?


1999 was not affected by Castech head casting failures.....But the heads could have been swapped out I guess, If it has "706" casting numbers, They have been swapped as that casting number didn't exist in 1999.


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Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610689
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Originally Posted By: tech230
Wouldn't the oil be milky if the head gasket was bad? The oil I drained, which was the same oil I sent to Blackstone, was not milky at all. Was black like it always is after 5,000 miles. I've already put 400 miles on the new oil & pulled the dipstick, & it's not milky at all. Just condensation on the oil cap & filler neck. I'm gonna do what Blackstone says though, & change the oil every 2,000 miles or less till I figure it out. Still runs great & doesn't misfire, overheat, or anything. Just the high lead, sodium, & potassium levels worry me.


Not necessarily If the leak is small enough! The intake is "dry" on LS engines so it's not the intake gaskets. No oil cooler on a 4.8L.

That leaves a head gasket leak or a Busted/Cracked cylinder head.


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Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610740
12/21/17 11:49 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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The 4.8 has a dry intake. A common problem was the heads cracking on the valve spring side


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Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: clinebarger] #4610754
12/22/17 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted By: clinebarger
Originally Posted By: tech230
Wouldn't the oil be milky if the head gasket was bad? The oil I drained, which was the same oil I sent to Blackstone, was not milky at all. Was black like it always is after 5,000 miles. I've already put 400 miles on the new oil & pulled the dipstick, & it's not milky at all. Just condensation on the oil cap & filler neck. I'm gonna do what Blackstone says though, & change the oil every 2,000 miles or less till I figure it out. Still runs great & doesn't misfire, overheat, or anything. Just the high lead, sodium, & potassium levels worry me.


Not necessarily If the leak is small enough! The intake is "dry" on LS engines so it's not the intake gaskets. No oil cooler on a 4.8L.

That leaves a head gasket leak or a Busted/Cracked cylinder head.


Worth it to replace head gaskets, or should I just replace the whole engine? Engine runs great but has 223,000 miles on it. Has brand new fuel pump, new a/c compressor, rear end work done, & suspension work. So this is a truck I intended to drive for another 4-5 years as I got a lot of time & money invested in it. Didn't expect the head gaskets to start going, as this truck has never been overheated or abused in the 6 years I've owned it. I've owned older Chevy & GMC trucks they never had engine problems. Only had to replace normal stuff like fuel pumps, u joints, alternators, starters & a/c compressors due to high mileage.

Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610761
12/22/17 12:23 AM
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You might consider GM Cooling tabs to slow down the coolant loss. The pictures to me clearly indicate coolant- sort of a reddish hue.

Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610787
12/22/17 01:01 AM
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I have a 1986 k-20 GM 6.2L Diesel 4x4,that has similar problem.Ive been driving it that way for 25yrs.Its a great truck. (270,000 mi.)

Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4610845
12/22/17 04:24 AM
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Replace the engine. 4.8 motors are cheap as rocks.


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Re: 99 GMC Sierra UOA [Re: tech230] #4611442
12/22/17 04:52 PM
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Once the truck warms up it starts putting out a slight white fog/smoke at idle. Lots of moisture in the exhaust too, & this is after driving it home from work 15 minutes away. My trusted shop Iíve been going to for almost 15 years is gonna do a leak test on it. He said if it is the head gasket, it will be a little over $1,000 but that includes sending the heads to a machine shop. Seems reasonable.

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