How to check for head gasket failure without any special tools or testers

I'm curious to see if my head gasket is bad. I don't want to spend $40 for a tester. Is there a simple way to check by maybe opening the reservoir tank or something? Thanks for your help! Also the car takes maybe 4 seconds to start on both cold and warm starts, but once started it runs beautiful.

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Asked Mar 31, 2016

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