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Blown head gasket? *Updated*
It looks like I have oil leaking out from between the head and the block on the front passenger side of the engine (the corner near the alternator).
I've verified this by cleaning the area up thoroughly and then letting the engine run. Once the engine reaches operating temperature (around 200 - 210), I have someone rev the engine to about 1800 - 2000 RPM and hold it for about 45 seconds to a minute. Then oil starts seeping from that corner.
Also, if I go on a freeway (about 70MPH / 2200RPM average) trip to my girlfriends house (she lives about 35 miles away) by the time I get there, the entire passenger side of the engine compartment is literally covered in oil.
I'm 99.5% sure that it's not coming from the valve cover because I tested it again this morning by going to the car wash and using some degreaser and high pressure soap/rinse on the engine THEN coming home and towel drying the block.
I then drove it for a distance of about 5 miles and came back home and there is a small puddle of oil below the thermostat housing and the valve cover is dry. Again, that front passenger corner is wet with oil.
Would this be something like a head gasket, or should I be looking at something else?
If it is the head gasket, then I'll be getting the head milled to make sure it's flat.