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big mike
big mike 5/3/2012
1995 Lexus SC400 Base 8 Cyl 4.0L - Engine
What's a good way to find out if my car has a burnt valve without taking heads off car?
The car skips really bad it sounds like a helicopter
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  • CVO
    CVO 5/3/2012
    The diagnosis of a burned valve is usually the result of a compression test. If a cylinder shows little or no compression, it frequently means the exhaust valve is not sealing. The valve may or may not be actually burnt (melted), but have other physical damage such as cracks or areas where pieces of metal are missing or eroded away from the valve face.

    Obtain a compression tester ( loan free ) at the the local auto parts stores such as Autozone or O'Reilly and run a test.

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