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Old 09 Dec 2019, 05:12 pm
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Default Blown head gasket round 2

So I bought the car at about 120,000
I did a full service on everything. New head gasket included

Iím now at 198,000 and the head gasket just went again.

Iím not sure if I want to fix it again or not. If I do fix it, Iím just pulling the head, getting it surfaced. New head gasket and bolts. Thatís it, no belt or pulleys or water pump. Well maybe water pump.


Iím just feeling lazy about it. I donít have a lift to work on. Plus I was thinking of getting rid of it anyway. If I sell it broken I might get $450 if I sell it running I might only get $1000?

Iíve got another car to drive in the meantime.
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Old 09 Dec 2019, 05:21 pm
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Default Re: Blown head gasket round 2

Was there a question?

You can get all the parts for about $300. It would probably be cheaper to just get a different head than machine that one. You can get a refurbished head on eBay for about $280. Good luck getting a head rebuilt for less than that.

So the decision is up to you. $600 and a long weekend of work? Or the hassle of buying a different car.
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Old 09 Dec 2019, 05:58 pm
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Default Re: Blown head gasket round 2

Just venting. Hearing opinions.

I was thinking $40 for gasket. Deck the head for $45 20 for bolts
Oil and coolant and beer

$195 total

The head was rebuilt the last time with new valves
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Old 09 Dec 2019, 06:43 pm
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Default Re: Blown head gasket round 2

The question is why did the head gasket blow in the first and second place? Did you severely overheat the engine? When I removed the head on my PT, the gasket was in excellent shape at 120k and the head was perfectly flat. I did the job to remove blockages in the head gasket ports that was causing localized boiling of the coolant.

If you did the head gasket job yourself you already know how to do it. The job is not very hard once you get the big iron bracket out of the engine compartment (to get the timing belt cover off). You also don't need a lift, just a floor jack or even a bottle jack to raise the engine high enough to remove the bottom bolt from the bracket. Be careful while you raise the engine and be very slow while raising the engine so you don't break any sensors or canisters. A floor jack was very handy for a one man job because I was able to push down on the jack bar with my foot as I was looking into the engine compartment to make sure nothing was binding.

This is how high you have to raise the engine to get that lower bolt out. Yes it can safely go this high:



You also don't need to disconnect the A/C lines to get the bracket out. Just be very careful shoehorning the thing out and not damage the lines.

Go to a drafting or craft store and buy a straight edge. Use it to check the flatness of the head once its off. If you cannot see any daylight when you place the straight edge on the front/middle/back/crosswise, you don't need to resurface the head.



You might also want to buy a valve cover gasket because you'll probably need to replace it when you put the "goop" on in the corners and at the camshaft position sensor.

Don't cross up the camshaft position sensor plug with the plug to the ignition coil, they are the same and swapping them does not make your engine run.


Finally, your budget is too small. The beer should be at least the cost of the HG job <g>
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Old 09 Dec 2019, 07:06 pm
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Default Re: Blown head gasket round 2

Low speed fan relay went out, got hot.

I think the gasket seal is not forever anyway.

Ok $280 budget with beer and valve cover gaskets
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Old 11 Dec 2019, 12:23 am
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Default Re: Blown head gasket round 2

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Low speed fan relay went out, got hot.

I think the gasket seal is not forever anyway.

Ok $280 budget with beer and valve cover gaskets
Isn't the high speed fan suppose to turn on if the low speed fan goes out?
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