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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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Car exhaust spraying water (Honda Fit)

I have a question which isn't quite answered in any of the previous posts I looked through on water and exhausts. I went to look at a 2011 Honda Jazz/Fit today as a possible used car purchase. I was ...
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Testing valve grind job that previously leaked

I had a leaky intake valve so I took that cylinder head off to grind it. Before grinding, I tested that it was indeed leaking and that the other two cylinders in the head did not by setting it on ...
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Can one detect coolant leak due to blown head gasked by visual inspection of pistons/spark plugs?

I have problems with my 2004 Honda Civic. My engine overheats and there is no hot air coming to the cabin, even if the temperature gauge shows Hot. Every mechanic I know told me that it is a clear ...
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Overflow tank very active at end of drive

2012 Sonata Hybrid Car overheated. Shop said it had a blown head gasket. So I took the head off and had it machined flat. Put it back on with new gasket and new bolts etc. Car runs well. Temp gauge ...
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Lots of smoke after brand new head and head gasket install?

Just installed brand new head and head gasket in my 2001 Honda Civic SOHC. The block was machined and new head bolts were used. I started it up ran for a short couple minutes and shut it off due to ...
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Coolant Bubbling in Radiator with Cap off

On my 2001 LS430, I was a having a very slow leak from the radiator drain plug, so I went to a local mechanic to properly seal the plug. While he was checking out the issue. After the car reached the ...
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Two Questions Regarding Issues With my Subaru SVX Cooling System

I have a 1996 Subaru SVX with a leaking heater core and I wanted to know or confirm two things. First of all, I started the car and allowed it to idle up to warm and fluid levels were normal. I came ...
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Head bolts over torque now what?

Doing a head gasket job on a Civic D16Y7 bought a brand new torque wrench (from the hft) turns out the torque wrench was/is faulty (won't even click clamped to a vice) over torqued a couple head bolts ...
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Engine shaking at low rpms and injector correction values all over the place

My neighbor has a 2010 Peugeot Partner II turbo diesel ( Same engine as the Citroen Burlingo ) he's been having problems with. Background: Car was idling poorly, smoking, sputtering and had no power. ...
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Head Gasket issue , Coolant burning/mixing in the piston, white mayonnaise substance

I had all the symptoms of a head gasket issue in my Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 ltr (2012) A14XER Engine. Mayonnaise like white/light brown sludge everywhere. Rocker cover, Oil Dipstick, Oil Filler Cap. ...
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Grey buildup in engine block

Car: Toyota Corolla 2002 Engine: 1zzfe 235000mi Hello, I removed my cylinder head to do a piston job and noticed some grey buildup on the outer wall of the combustion chambers (see picture). It’s the ...
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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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