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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How to “shine a light into the valve cover” to look for sludge buildup?

A little background first. I noticed a small amount of yellow stuff in my oil filler cap last night. Knowing this is a sign of a blown head gasket I was getting ready to cry, but I did some research ...
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94 head gasket replacement now my car wont start

I replaced my head gasket and once I got to putting everything back together my car wouldnt start it wont crank and I have no power going to my car and suggestions
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What does radiator water in the cylinder well indicate?

The vehicle was running fine last week. Stood for a few days and then when put under load (flooring it) the 2nd cylinder was found to be misfiring. Popped off the engine cover and removed the 2nd ...
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Peugeot 207, Head gasket blown?

4 vti coolant has a brownish color and its oily to the touch. I did an oil change about two weeks ago, I'm wondering if it could be connected, the coolant level didn't really budge. I remember the ...
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Hows come upper radiator hose is so hot? [closed]

I'm bubba. I got a 5.4 v8 ford van from 1998. I just replaced a cracked radiator on it. But now, I swear my upper radiator hose is hotter than it outta be. My odb-ii computer scanner says the ...
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Has a gasket caused my radiator to fail?

I have a cracked radiator that I plan to fix or replace. I am concerned, though. I did some rudimentary Google research and the general consensus is that I may potentially be replacing parts without ...
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I have what appears to be oily film in coolant reservoir in Holden (Chevy) Cruze 2010 automatic

Car runs fine for 30 mins in driveway with no overheating but does overheat when driving upwards of 80kph sometimes. Not game to drive it much as if it is not the head gasket, then driving and ...
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13.5 Hp Briggs & Stratton engine not wanting to turn over after head gasket replacement

After replacing the head gasket on my Briggs and Stratton 13.5 Hp engine acts as if it does not want to turn over but upon removing the spark plug engine turns over find a tax as if it's get building ...
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Does this look like a head gasket leak?

I'm looking to buy this 2013 Subaru Outback, 2.5L DOHC. The car has 60K, is in immaculate condition, has lived its whole life in the Southwest, and has records of regular maintenance. The ...
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Feasibility of replacement of Subaru Outback 2007 3.0L Cylinder heads

As noted I have a 2007 Subaru Outback with a V6 3.0L engine. It appears to be front-wheel drive. The head gasket(s) need replaced and possibly the cylinder heads. I used to work on cars 25-30 ...
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Power loss after driving over 15km (engine hot)

I have a 2010 Opel corsa D driven under 50k km. The car was parked outside for 5 weeks as I was in vacation (outside temperature -4deg to +6deg). As I came back I found a strange problem every time I ...
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How long can a bad head gasket last? [closed]

Coolant is dropping in my radiator. There is bubbles of gas coming out the radiator when the car is running. So, this seems like a bad head gasket. I think my options are to change the head casket or ...
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Blown head gasket? Oil cooler? Something worse?

Recently I came to noitice that my car lost almost everything of the coolant from it's expansion tank (not all the coolant from the system, just the tank) in a short period of time. The expansion-...
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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 ...