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Old 09-02-2003, 10:09   #1 (permalink)
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the head gasket

there comes a time in every e series owners life that thay gotta replace the head gasket. im hopeing mines not ****ed but running on five cylinders on start up and loseing water is not a good sign. i will be haveing a good check for leaks tomomrow i know its loseing a little water from the gas converter but not as much as im puting in. anyways give us the drum why is it that thay shit them selves head warps/ cracks ? shit gaskets ? i heard that useing a au gasket and bolts seems to work well has any one tryed this ? its an eb series 2 by the way
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Hey 460cixy,

Why don't you swing past a local garage and see if they can do a head gasket pressure test for you? Takes 10mins max. There is a bloke at Holt who has done it for me.
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Apparently its got somthing to do with the Sand not being cleaned out of the Radiator Tanks by Bosch or whoever made em! The sand builds up in the radiator stoping it from efficently doing its Job of keeping the engine cool proprely!
Theres a Thread somewhere about it!
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Here tis!
All E-series owners should read this
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Old 09-03-2003, 02:45   #5 (permalink)
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Just to let you know, mine cost around $230 including coolant. When I got the system flushed. I can't remember right now what the other costs involved were, but $40 was for coolant and $60 was for flushing the system.

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I just got told today that my head gasket is blown. Car was running a little rough, so I took it to the LPG specialist who told me the gas settings were out a bit, but then told me that I needed a new head gasket.

Car has never shown above "A" in "Normal" on the temp gauge, coolant and oil levels and coloration looked OK to me but he did a test where the coolant colour changed and that was that.

What is getting this job done worth??? I have had one estimate of $750 and another mechanic who is a mate who said about $500.

So now my EF stays at stock height for a little while longer. This and the tax department in one week....
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Re: the head gasket

Bummer dude....I reckon i might have the same problem with my EL

its running fine, but keeps creeping up on the M part of normal on the temp guage (mi old EA and dads EB dont usually run this hot) I was planning on a radiator flush and all that, but the car keeps dumping water out the overflow (and no, i dont overfill) The old cap was a bit marginal so i replaced it and im still losing water (however no visible stains on block or anything like that) what you guys reckon?
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well i sused it out its leaking on number one only a little after its been sitting im going to try and pull a sneaky with it ile let ya know how it goes
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mmm i filled the f*cker up with pepper and its seemed to of stopped i may even ad an egg if it starts again before i can aford the vrs kit will be gettin milled and valves ground the works
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Re: the head gasket

The head gaskets usually go for three reasons:
Overheating - usually thermostat.
Sand - That sand is casting sand, in the block, which clogs the radiator.
Warping. Many of the 3.9 blocks came from the factory with decks nowhere near true. This causes them to blow head gaskets time after time while the local spannerjockey is standing around scratching his nuts.
It's worth checking the head and block while the head's off and getting them machined if neccesary - about $50 a pop if you take them off the car yourself.
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