Car: 1991 Volvo 240
There was oil in the coolant expansion tank. I did a leak down test and could hear air bubbles in the radiator so assumed the head gasket was bad. I subsequently replaced the head gasket.
I worry a LOT and am not confident in my work. I am not sure that I got the head gasket on correctly.
After replacing the head gasket I did a leak down test and did not hear bubbles in the radiator. I did, however, do a vacuum test at the intake and see a sharp drop in vacuum when I rev the engine. I believe the engine is running a little rich.
I don't notice any "sweet" smell associated with a leaking/blown head gasket. I tested the O2 sensor with a DMM and the voltage is 0.56 V.
I can test with an oscilloscope, but assume it is OK.
There is sometimes a very small amount of white smoke and water when the car is first started, but then goes away. I should emphasize that the amount of smoke is very small.
I think most people would not notice it, but I do because I am looking for it.
I have not noticed any oil in the coolant expansion tank, coolant in the oil, or coolant in the transmission fluid.
Should I get a kit to test for combustion gasses in the expansion tank? Would this give me any additional information that a leak down test would not? Are there any other tests that I can do to make sure I installed the head gasket correctly?