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Old 08-21-2003, 17:51   #1 (permalink)
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Silverseal - Anyone used this to stop coolant leak?

As some of you may know, my 12 month old head gasket isn't sealing properly and after some time it weaps out small dribbles of collant all along the exaust side of the head.

Essentially its not causing any probs but some one put me on to Silverseal, it comes in a lifesaver style tube and is a powerder. All you do is ppour it in the coolant and that s it, supposed to clog the leaks etc.

I bought some for $2.50, anyone heard anything about this? Is it a wast of time, should I fork out $450 for a new gasket job?
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Old 08-22-2003, 00:31   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Silverseal - Anyone used this to stop coolant leak?

I've used Bars Leaks to stop a small radiator leak in a ute, worked OK. It should be ok, as long as it is not leaking too much. GM used a stop leak additive in all their new cars in America in the 80's, I don't think they copped any lawsuits over it. :)

Silverseal has been around since the bears were bad, so it must work or they would be out of business.
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Ok - well i put it in, and have no noticed the temp guage swinging around as it goes through. But I am getting the cooling system flushed next week. I'll keep my eye on it.

It hasn't shown any leaks after 30kms or driving.
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Re: Silverseal - Anyone used this to stop coolant leak?

That's good, keep an eye on it, it wouldn't hurt to slap a bit more in after the flush, as a maintenance dose.

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Re: Silverseal - Anyone used this to stop coolant leak?

Do the head gasket yourself... following my guide in the previous post. Seriously if you do it yourself, you know you've done it right instead of letting a dodgy mechanic do it. Plus if it's leaking now the quick fixes will fix it for a little while, and it'll probably start leaking again.

I am going to change my folks timing chain soon, and change their head gasket while I'm at it. I'll take lots of piccies and make up a guide on how to do it.
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Yeah that sounds good, i just need the right tools and the time, I work weekends and need the car.

Still, if it gets bad I'll do it, just thought that once should have been enough you know?!
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Re: Silverseal - Anyone used this to stop coolant leak?

Did you get someone else to do it for you, or did you do the headgasket yourself the first time?
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Denmac Ford did it under warrenty..
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