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Questions tagged [head-gasket]

A type of gasket used between the cylinder head and engine block to seal the combustion chambers and cylinders, oil galley's and coolant galley's.

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Bought a damaged used 2SZ‑FE engine in Sweden. How to check if piston ring is damaged without using a borescope?

Despite using https://en.bildelsbasen.se things weren’t Utan anmärkning as described. We found some engine parts filled with water (which by the way means the generator no longer works so we took ...
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Can I determine if a blown head gasket has caused significant engine damage before removing the heads?

I know i have a bad head gasket, but i didn't know until the car utterly lost power one day driving it until it stalled on me. it all happened in like 10 seconds - i was going up a hill, and realized ...
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Tried running a block tester twice, coolant got into the tube

I read the instructions. I used a turkey blaster to remove the coolant from the radiator hose. The first time, while I was pumping it, it seemed to be going as advetised until the coolant got in, so I ...
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How to flush a cooling system after head gasket failure?

I recently replaced the head gasket in my Renault K9K (700) 1.5 DCi, due to a cylinder/cooling system type failure. As such, the cooling system is full of partially burned diesel. Despite having ...
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Why may heating gradually stop after some time driving (and doesn't work in passenger side at all)?

This is a somewhat strange problem. Heating (in driver side) seems to work normal - after somewhere between 15-25 mins. driving or so, it gradually stops working. The warming in passenger side doesn't ...
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93 Honda Civic LX - fluctuating revs, poor running

My Civic has done ~246,000 miles and is now running very poorly. While driving down Interstate Car bogs down stalls out and there's smoke from front and back. Spark plugs are fouled out and when ...
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Ticking and burping noises after valve cover gasket change and radiator issues

I'm a first time driver. Got my (first and only) car, an Acura 99 TL, about 8 months ago with 155k miles. I have driven it for about 9k miles now. Had no issues whatsoever, except for an occasional ...
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Chevrolet Cruze head gasket (“A/C off due to…”) root cause

Background I have a 2011 Chevy Cruze with the "Eco" engine that I bought used, May '18, with about 99,000 miles on it. Seemed to run fine until mid-December, about 107,00 miles, when some hose ...
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Quick fix? Or major problem? Please help

Help, 02 honda civic lx coupe cranks but will not start. I bought the car less then 3 months ago put used rebuild trans in it seemd fine then what seemed to be running hot but with no warning signs so ...
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oil is mixing into coolant water

i have an opel astra twintop 1.6 2009. oil is mixing into coolant system. there is oil in expantion tank. almost all the oil goes into expantion tank. Can you show me the way how to solve it? we ...
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Oil in the cooling reservoir

I have milky white oil in the cooling reservoir. The vehicle in question is a BMW 318i and was bought 5 days ago. What would be the most like cause?
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How should I flush out a head gasket sealer?

I purchased a 2002 Ford Taurus, little knowing that it had a head gasket leak. After it was driven for a week or so it started overheating. I am assuming that the person that I bought it from put ...
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Head gasket repair but still got issues

ive got a mazda 5 7seater on an 07 plate and I had my head gasket repaired recently but the car still isn't right. The head was pressure tested and skimmed , so no warps or cracks found. The timing ...
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Using lots of coolant, suspect head gasket

1998 Subaru Forrester, 4 cyl. I don't remember the exact specs of the engine. It's using what seems to be a lot of coolant -- probably 2 qts in a 30 day time span. There's no leak (I've left ...
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What other problem than a blown head gasket can a failed C02 test indicate?

I had a very classic (or so I thought) case of blown head gasket in my car: Leaking a ton of coolant Bubbles in the coolant, when engine running Coolant seems to be brownish Failed CO2 Test on the ...
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1995 Toyota 4Runner: White smoke, battery constantly drains

I own a 1995 Toyota 4Runner (I was told the engine was rebuilt, so I'm not sure if mileage matters). I got this from my grandpa around 2 years ago, which had been sitting at his house parked for over ...
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Blown head gasket? (Decent compression numbers but cooling system doesn't hold pressure, no external leak)

I have a Mazda MX-5 and it was overheated due to the water pump belt failure. I replaced the belt afterwards and the car drove fine. I brought the car to the shop and they told me it has head gasket ...
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1KR timing chain cover wont come off

Cover I have a Daihatsu Charade with a 1KR engine with a blown head gasket. I have loosened everything on the timing chain cover but I cant get it off. It moves a lot but something seems to catch ...
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Consequences of adding Blue Devil headgasket sealer to a car with no obvious problem?

I was doing some general internet browsing and stumbled across Blue Devil head gasket sealer which advertises permanent fix to any head gasket leak. The reviews on the internet also seem to be quite ...
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Water leak from car. Part identification

A have a leak from my car that is easily visible and accessible. I do not know what part it is or wether it's an indication of another issue within the car. Please see attached picture. My finger ...
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Diagnosing Head Gasket Leak: Coolant bubbles, but doesn't squirt

According this video when the coolant squirts, while the cap is of and the engine is running, this is an indication for a leaking head gasket. I have tried this method on my car and have somewhat ...
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Is it possible to have a bad head gasket (or cracked head) without a loss of compression?

Vehicle/engine is a 1997 Jeep 4.0L inline-6 Cherokee Sport. I just got my oil sample analysis back from Blackstone Lab. Here it is. They say there's coolant in the oil, as indicated by the ...
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Sign of blown head gasket

I just replaced the water pump new and took out the thermostat because it was stuck closed and didn't have the 40 bucks for a new one yet. When I had the van engine running and normal temp between 185 ...
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2005 Honda Pilot problems

Okay so my car is at 215380 miles. It was having radiator problems and Water pump problem. The water pump turning belt had disengrated from being in the car for a long time. The engine still wasn’t ...
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Diagnosing a blown head gasket - can I use a compression gauge?

My '97 Jeep XJ Cherokee w/ 4.0L inline-6 engine runs a little hot and it overheats when driving on the highway for longer then an hour. The coolant temp slowly creeps up until it boils over. I've seen ...
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Engine over filled with oil

This is a 2007 Vauxhall Antara 2.0 L CDTI. Four months ago I took my car to a local garage chain to do some tyre adjustments and thought I might as well let them change my oil and oil filter. All ...
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What is the likelihood of a cast iron block needing resurfacing along with its aluminium head?

This is a 1979 Leyland Sherpa 230 1.7 L Petrol "O-series" engine. I'm suspecting a blown head gasket and if this is confirmed I'll be removing the aluminium head and getting it resurfaced at the ...
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Bubbles in radiator despite several cylinder head overhauls

I have a Nissan FB13 Supersaloon. The car started having radiator problems when the radiator was blocked. After repairing the radiator the engine started building pressure and you could see bubbles ...
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Water from coolant system leaking under engine block

Water pissing out under engine block instantly after water poured into the cooling system. Has something came loose or is cause for real concern and a high-cost repair? In which car will sadly have ...
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Toyota Taco 06 2.7l 4c, Why are we having Ignition and idle problems after a head gasket repair?

We just replaced the head gasket and sealed with silicone and new gaskets. After our process was complete we discovered the engine idle would go from 1,000 rpms for 8 sec to 500 rpms 8 seconds ...
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Engine Burned Oil | Trying to Diagnose with Compression Meter

I changed the oil in my car (1997 Volvo S90 with approx 200k miles on it) about 2k miles ago, and recently took a couple long car trips (~400 miles each, up and down mountain roads, etc). When I ...
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Why would a blown head gasket burst the coolant tank?

The coolant tank on my 2.3l duratec (Ford Transit) just burst while it was at the garage for an MOT. The mechanic said it could have been caused by a blown head gasket, but didn't explain any further....
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Why did car catch fire 1 week after replacing head gasket and servicing?

I previously had a pegeout 206. The head gasket went and I got it repaired aswell as servicing the car. A week later the engine catches fire without any symptoms. What might have caused this to ...
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Can we be expected to know when a head gasket has gone besides leaks?

Are blown head gaskets inevitable? If so can we be expected to know when it will happen other by noticing leaks? The average driver cannot be expected to notice leaks regularly so can we blame them ...
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Why my Fiat Palio 1.6 2005 is overheating only after 5 min of drive?

I have a Fiat Palio 2005 which I bought few days ago. I was driving it for last complete week and it was very smooth there was no problem at all. Yesterday , suddenly on a highway the temprature ...
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Poor running after head gasket replacement.

2002 Grand Prix 3.1 v6. I have just changed blown head gaskets on my car. I have also replaced radiator water pump. Hoses belt spark plugs starter .working on getting new battery. I have bypassed the ...
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How to Clean Engine Block Surface For MLS Gaskets?

Car: 2010 Passat CC 1.8 TSI There is no problem with the old gasket there is no leak i just remove the head because timing problem. Cylinder head, i've cleaned the head with plastic tools and some ...
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oil in coolant reservoir … urgent … Peugeot 206 Xri … 2006

I need some advice I'm broke and I need the car (like it's not an option) it hasn't overheated yet . This just happened about a week ago, I'm driving way slower like 50/60kmh and 70/90kmh when in ...
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Oil in coolant recovery tank, how urgent is it?

I was going to loan my car to a friend tomorrow, and checked the oil and tire pressure etc earlier this week, but couldn't see the coolant level, so I just went to double-check it with a drinking ...
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White smoke from tail pipe and loss of power when accelerating

I have a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 V6 with 145,000 miles. For about the last 6 months or so when I start the vehicle after it's been sitting for a while, a very large plume of white smoke belches out from ...
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Bolt SITTING in car after Head Gasket repair?? 2005 honda civic won't go above 4,000 rpm

2005 Honda Civic won't go above 4,000 RPM--CEL throwing P2646 ('A' Rocker Arm Actuator System Performance / Stuck Off Bank 1) Just got my head gasket replaced, but then CEL came on so I took back to ...
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Non-blown blown head gasket

06 Solstice, 2.4L Ecotec LE5 (GM inline 4). Again. I had an overheating issue recently, where the temp went from ~200 to ~290ish very rapidly. I shut the car down and had it towed home. A few days ...
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P2646 after Head Gasket Replacement…WRONG or NO OIL?

I just had my head gasket replaced on my 05 civic... Driving city speeds felt fine, but I did notice a little bit of rattling, which I thought was just a new sound she would make due to the engine ...
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Can exhaust smell like coolant without it being a blown head gasket?

2005 honda civic ex, my coolant smells like exhaust, and I have been magically losing coolant/overheating the past month. It seems slow though, because it lasted 3 weeks between the last coolant ...
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Is this brownish red gunk definitive evidence of a blown head gasket?

My 99 Nissan Almera has been sitting unused for a few months, and I just went out to start getting it up and running again. I noticed that the coolant in the reservoir was a bit low ( but clean ...
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Head gasket sealer or head gasket replace

So, I posted here and ultimately decided the mechanic was lying to me. It turns out I was wrong. Overheating at idle - mechanic says head gasket The immediate overheating issue WAS due to the broken ...
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BMW E92 335i 2008 head gasket

I have e92 335i 2008. Recently I had a water leaking from the head gasket. A week after replacing the headgasket everything was fine until I opened the oil filler to see there's water in it. Now I'm ...
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Engine Overheat via Head Gasket Leak

I've recently learned that a bad head gasket can be a cause for a car to overheat. Could someone explain how this is possible and what's going on mechanistically? It sounds like this symptom is not ...
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Is my head gasket cracked?

My wife hit a large puddle of water in her 2006 Mazda 5. Until then it was running fine. The check engine light came on and car shut down and would not start again. Mazda says it is a head gasket. Is ...
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Overheating at idle - mechanic says head gasket

My car has been overheating at idle after a long period of time - perhaps 20-30 minutes in traffic. If I drive, it immediately starts to cool down again. I don't drive often so it hasn't been an issue ...