Hello folks, I'm seeking a little assistance here with my '98 Wrangler, which has been off the road for some time now and I am looking to get it back out for the summer. Full disclosure on my mechanical capabilities and understandings for those that happen to take the time to reply, I'm no 'car person' per se, but I have done my share of work on my vehicles and feel as if I can get around for the most part and take full advantage of the interwebs.
So, as the title states, after I start up the engine and it has been running for roughly 3-5 minutes, the exhaust will start pumping out white smoke. Here are some videos of the smoke from the view underneath my Jeep:
After smoking continuously while she idles, the engine will eventually overheat:
I had taken a few other videos as well, just for some additional documentation, of starting the jeep and a view of some clear liquid (assuming water) on the ground below my tailpipe.
From what I have found is that my solution may be to replace the head gasket. I have done this a long time ago with my first Wrangler ('97 SE), but I was mostly playing assistant at the time. I was wanting to ask you folks if you have any other suggestions for possible fixes / root causes, or in the event you agree with the solution, do you have any good online resources for replacing the head gasket for my Jeep?... you know, things like diagrams, step-by-step guides... or any of the like
While I am digging into the engine, if there are any suggestions for things to clean or any maintenance tasks I can perform, that would be very much welcome as well!