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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My head gasket was fixed but I still have a leakage

I have a leakage, the cooling fluid reservoir is empty and some has leaked from the radiator. I already fixed my head gasket that was leaking. Now the mechanic is telling me I need a new water pump, ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Holden Captiva - Lots of oil pouring out the radiator expansion tank

On my 2012 Holden Captiva 2.2 diesel car the radiator expansion tank has filled with engine oil and now the oil is pouring out of the expansion tank. I am at a loss to why/how this has happened. Any ...
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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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Mysterious honda civic 2002 overheating some time

Okay, so lets start here. First my car started overheating. We changed the thermostat but it keeps on over heating. Let me explain my problem. I am driving on highways my heaters work perfectly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What does it mean when soot is coming out of my exhaust?

I have a 2001 Jetta Wagon (Golf Variant is caller in my country). Petrol engine. Usually rides school and back (15 miles) with engine between 2000 and 3000 rpm. Just did a 300 mile trip at 3500-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...