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Old 11-20-2003, 00:16   #1 (permalink)
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My head gasket......another history

Confirmed today by Jarvis Ford, the head gasket of my NA is gone, even though some usual signs of blown gasket is yet to developed. Got the car back to the dealer and he promised to pay for part of the repair cost(which is a good news to me anyway). I'm looking at getting a set of monotorque gasket, but do I need to get the complete gasket kit or I can just get the head gasket itself? I reckon that I'll put an AU gasket in it if I don't need to get the complete kit.

The deal with the car dealer is pretty easy and the person in charge(Peter Sampson of Road & Track Motors in main north road, adelaide) is pretty nice and it was much easier to reach the deal than I was thinking, really worth praising.

I'll keep you guys posted for things going later on.
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Old 11-20-2003, 01:11   #2 (permalink)
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Re: My head gasket......another history

It's not worth getting an AU gasket. Trust me, you won't benefit. Just get the monotorque EA gasket set. There is no point in getting just the head gasket itself, this is why they always come in kits. The reason being is because all the seals that you remove along the way, can't be reused. Intake manifold gasket, thermostat housing gasket, rocker cover gasket, timing cover top seal, exhaust manifold gasket, although you can reuse that one. You will also need new head bolts, don't reuse the old ones, they will most likely be fatigued and stretched.

It just so happens that the tutorial for changing the head gasket on a CFI has just been put up, and although yours is an MPFI, you can see what is involved. Go to tech pages/mechanicals.

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Old 11-20-2003, 04:48   #3 (permalink)
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Re: My head gasket......another history

I usually get away with reusing all gaskets, tho I tend to replace the exhaust gasket to be safe. But have never had troubles with reusing the rockerbox gasket, and even the intake gasket a few times. Although the intake gasket is easy to make out of a Coco-Pops packet :)
But yeah definitely the bolts as well...
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Old 11-20-2003, 22:19   #4 (permalink)
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Got a monotorque head set for ea today and the repair job will start on monday :D

BTW, what type / brand head bolts are recommended for the engine? The guy at repco recommended Austral but the brand sounds dodgy, are these ok or do you hve any other suggestions?
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How much was the kit, just for reference, and please post the cost of the bolts when you decide on which ones to get.

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Old 11-20-2003, 22:59   #6 (permalink)
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Monotorque Head Set for EA : $101
Head Bolts (Quoted Price for Austral) : $2.09 each
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Austral Headbolts are fine, we sell them at work all the time and have never had any complaints about them.
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Old 11-21-2003, 00:33   #8 (permalink)
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Cool, I'll go and pick a couple of them later on.
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