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
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!
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.
'91 EB Fairmont Ghia V8.
Pacemaker PH4000 extractors
Meaty semi-twin system
AUII XR8 t/b & maf, ELGT snorkel
BA semi-manual shifter conversion
Electronic shift kit
4.11 Hydratrak LSD
Explorer intake manifold
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Chiptorque HP2 chip
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....
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?
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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