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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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 ...
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2002 Subaru Legacy coolant overflowed, relatively new head gasket

Yesterday I was finishing a drive of about 80 miles when my heater quit blowing warm air (it's currently winter here). I noticed the temp gauge was at the red mark, so I pulled off the highway and ...
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Could oily sludge in cooling system affect engine temprature?

I have a BMW 530i 2007, the engine gets hot up o 115 degree of celcius, it actually fluctuate between 95 to 115(which is a little bit higher than normal specially when the outside temperature is 5 c) ...
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Blown Head Gasket always goes hand-in-hand with Engine damage?

Does a blown head gasket most likely always mean there is engine damage? In your experience have the majority of cars you've seen with blown head gaskets also had engine damage?
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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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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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Bubbles coming out of the radiator. Head gasket?

I was bleeding air from my Honda Civic yesterday. Everything was going well until the coolant was still bubbling after 40 minutes of bleeding. I did everything correctly. Turned the heater to max, I ...
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Subaru 2002 Impreza 2.5 TS - Head Gasket

My Subaru started overheating; it had run out of coolant completely. Once I refilled the coolant, the car ran about a 1.2k mile trip just fine without any overheating. Recently, the car started ...
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Coolant still in oil after head gasket change?

I'm a noob, I admit it. but I did things mostly by the book. I had the heads reworked I scraped the top of the engine block clean I installed the head gasket dry as per the instructions. I didn't ...
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Can you leave heads sitting on a gasket overnight before tightening down?

I need 16 for both heads but I only bought 8. It's a Fel-Pro fiber gasket that gets installed dry but there was a little adhesive, from the factory, on there. I guess my worry is that the adhesive ...
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Is it possible to tell if a head gasket is bad just by looking at it?

I bought this truck with a blown head gasket. I thought it would be fun to fix it. I just got both heads off but the gaskets themselves don't look broken anywhere. Is it possible the gasket is good ...
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2003 Subaru Outback Legacy, Blown Head Gasket

The past month I have been refilling my empty coolant reservoir before each trip. My most recent trip I noticed every few moments I would lose some performance, the RPM's would stay the same but my ...
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2002 Chevy Blazer - Oil in coolant

I have a 2002 Chevy Blazer with 237755 miles. I was just informed that I have a blown head gasket and oil is leaking into my coolant. On my way into work this morning my check engine light was ...
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Using a thicker head gasket when the cylinder head resurface limit is reached

I just bought a 2000 Civic 1.6L ( d16y8 ) with no compression in one cylinder. Four years ago, the engine overheated, and was completely rebuilt by the Honda dealership. One of the things on the ...
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Why should I back off all valve lash adjusters until valves are closed when changing a head gasket?

My Suzuki Swift 01 is leaking coolant. I'm trying to change the head gasket. I've gotten as far as taking the camshaft cover off. See this picture: I'm not sure what Step 11, "Back off all valve ...
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2006 wrx overheats going slow but not at speed

my 2006 wrx heats up into the red going slow on back roads but is fine and shows no signs of any issue going fast. what is the deal? blown head gasket?
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I've got oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil - Ford Triton V10 Motorhome

I have a Triton v10 engine in my vehicle I have oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil. What could be the problem?
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'08 Kia Spectra won't start after head gasket/timing belt replacement

We got this little KIA for a great deal with only 102k miles on it. Probably put less than 1k miles on it before the radiator split open on top, and it quit. (We were driving on the highway with ...
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Does increasing head gasket thickness make it more failure-prone?

A well-known fact when adding forced-induction to an engine originally designed for naturally-aspirated applications, is that it may be necessary to reduce the compression ratio to counter the ...
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What makes some engines more sensitive to head gasket failure?

What are some of the reasons some engines are more prone to head gasket failure? Is it the way coolant and oil passages are designed and distributed? E.g. Subaru is notorious for head gasket leaks.
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Car won't start

My Chevy Spark 1.2 L 2012 model overheated and blew the head gasket. I replaced the gasket and spark plugs. The engine is turning, but it won't start. Plugs do get petrol. Engine sounds like sewing ...
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Coolant in engine… Head gasket going

I have an 05 Equinox, and while idling it sometimes overheats. We have to continously add coolant every week. If this was the only problem, I'd fix it, but, there's other issues as well, and combined ...
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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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What is a head?

Due to this question I now have a fairly well-rounded understanding of what a head gasket is. I assumed that sometimes, when people would talk about "heads" that this was just an abbreviation of ...
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How do I go about replacing the head gaskets in my Dodge truck?

It's a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4, Laramie SLT, automatic transmission, 5.9l magnum engine, and crew cab (222k mi). It seems to have some head gasket leaks, as there is some coolant burning. I have only ...
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What exactly is a head gasket?

From what I have gathered, a "head gasket" is an important part of the engine on most cars, but that is about it. What is a head gasket? Where is a head gasket? Why is it necessary?
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Bad exhaust leak or valve interference after HG change?

2006 Volvo s40 2.4i I replaced my HG the other day (I've done a few before with no problems). I was very careful marking everything. Locking the cams together with a cam locking tool specific for ...
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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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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 [closed]

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 ...