Questions about diagnosing and replacing failed head-gaskets. A head gasket is used between the cylinder head and engine block, to seal the combustion chambers (cylinders), oilways and coolant paths

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Can frequent engine lugging lead to blown head gaskets?

I've heard that prolonged driving at low RPMs (AKA "lugging") can cause head gaskets to blow. Is that true and, if yes, can you provide a lowdown of the causality?
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How to test if head gaskets are blown?

Is there a definitive way to test whether head gaskets in most engines are blown, without actually reaching for the gaskets themselves (at which point you might as well go ahead and replace them) ...
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Need to replace valve cover gasket immediately with signs of seeping/leakage?

I have a Mazda 323F 2k Model. I noticed that oil seeps from the valve cover seals/gasket. Before it doesn't drop anything on the garage floor until now. I've observed a few drops after engine stop and ...
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Civic won't start after replacing head gaskets [closed]

My '94 Honda Civic (1.5l VTEC-E) was overheating, and I replaced the head gaskets. Now it turns over but won't start. What should I do?
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Can a blown head gasket cause overheating, without losing coolant?

My 2006 Subaru Outback overheated when my wife was driving. I got to the car that evening and its radiator was pretty low. I refilled it, and the car ran fine for a week. Then it overheated again. ...
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1997 1.8t Audi Quattro - using coolant

I have an issue with my 97 1.8T Quattro using coolant. I've checked for external leaks and can't find any. The engine oil is still clean. Has anybody had this issue before? Is it possible for it ...
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Would “one cylinder's out” semantics include a head gasket? [closed]

I sold a car on craigslist with part of the title being "Runs, but one cylinder's out". I had taken the car to Firestone to diagnose why one cylinder wasn't firing right and they said it has 0% ...
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2005 Honda Civic - Oveheating

So my car has been overheating for over 1 year. It overheated during summer or when I went 80mph only. I recently saved up enough money to get the car fixed. I brought it to my mechanic and informed ...
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blue devil head gasket sealer

I used blue devil head gasket sealer and so far have a good result. I am currently driving the vehicle with just water and the sealer in system. It's running cool and it's not using any water. My ...
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95 honda civic ex, smoking heavily from exhaust

I have a 95 honda civic ex (manual), and it smokes really bad from the exhaust. It's thick white smoke that lingers, and it also burns oil, but when checking the oil, it is not clouded up or milky or ...
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Burning smell when getting out of the car

I sense a burning smell when getting out of the car (Nissan Maxima 02 V6). I am pretty sure it is an oil leak from somewhere based on the odor, but not sure where else to look for. The smell was ...
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Labor cost/cost of head gasket repair/replacement on 2003 Honda civic [duplicate]

I had a ASE master tech tell me I have a blown head gasket. How many hours of labor will this cost, and what will the gasket/resurfacing et cetera cost? Thank you
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Blown head gasket on a 2003 Honda civic [closed]

I had a master ASE tech tell me that my head gasket is blown. Possibly a pinhole leak, of course they won't know the extent till it's taken apart. My question is how much will a job like this cost for ...
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The mysterious overheating honda civic

This is a tale that goes back about a year when I found my very first car. I needed it to commute back and forth to school. When I bought the car it worked great, everything I could have wanted. ...
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Do I still need to use gasket goo? (Or something similar)

First time replacing a head gasket in the engine of a 80's (ish) Toyota Hiace. I have the replacement gasket all ready to go, but do I need anything else to go on it? Some of the older models needed ...
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Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure

My '98 Subaru Forester spills all its coolant with very high pressure and overheats. I changed the radiator cap and did a flush, but still have the same problem. I added stop leak, but that did ...
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What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?

Just took the second head off the 98 Subaru Outback I'm working on and I found one of the alignment dowels was badly crimped over the gasket for about 1/3 of its circumference. I have no idea how it ...
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Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job

I'm about to start replacing the head gaskets on a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback according to the procedures described here: ...
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Rover 25 Head Gasket replacement - is it a long-term fix?

My Rover 25 (2004, <50k) began overheating and the nearest-to-me-at-the-time garage (not my usual one) which I pulled in to diagnosed head gasket failure. They gave a £700 estimate for a new head ...
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Head Bolt Sequence - 2004 Chevy 4.3L V6 S10

I am trying to find the head bolt sequence for a 2004 Chevy 4.3L V6 S10 truck. I have managed to find the torque specs but the site I found them on does not list the order they should be removed or ...
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Oil in my radiator fluid tank?

I have a 97 Ford F350 with the 7.3l powerstroke diesel engine. There's oil where my radiator fluid should be. Do I have a blown head gasket?
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Low compression and will not ignite after broken camshaft pin and replaced head and gasket

My 95 Geo Metro Lsi 1.0L had a blown head gasket. I replaced the gasket and drove the car for approximately 120 miles before it started spitting and sputtering. Then it died just before I got home. I ...
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Block Test: Can't suck any more air, is this normal? (1999 Suburban)

I performed a block test recently to diagnose a problem I'm having. The liquid stayed blue, but I want to clarify I have done this right. The purpose of the test was to see if I could prove a head ...
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Grey smoke when idling 1999 GMC Suburban, coolant system pressure loss

The most recent update is at the bottom. This looks interesting. The Smoke I'm confident the smoke is from burning oil. It's slightly blue, absolutely not white. If the engine is warm and I am ...
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Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce

Is replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce, an expensive repair? I've been told it is better to just replace the engine all together. Is it a tough job for a backyard mechanic or a diy ...
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What causes grey engine corrosion?

I recently had my oil light come on in my 2004 Chevy Malibu. This resulted in a visit to a mechanic (after putting 3 QTS of oil in it) to see if there might be something more serious than a leak ...
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Getting the best results sealing head gasket leak with Blue Devil

The 1998 Subaru Outback I've been having cooling system problems with turns out to have a combustion gas leak into the coolant. I suspected this but couldn't get a test to turn up anything; taking it ...