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Old 07-27-2004, 14:26   #1 (permalink)
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E-series and head gaskets?

Hi all,

After reading all the recent posts and having an EA with the head gasket blown, I noticed a recurring theme.

Is blowing head gaskets a fault of the E-series, especially the older ones?

If so, how often should I expect it to go, and should I just replace it every time it shows ANY symptom whatsoever, just to reduce the likelihood of killing the engine entirely (like my EA now)???
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Old 07-27-2004, 18:38   #2 (permalink)
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Re: E-series and head gaskets?

Hi Bindi, the EA's and early EB's had bad problems with head gaskets.
If you get them repaired and get it done poperly you should be able to keep it from going again at least for a few years.
Just make sure that your cooling system is in good condition and Flushed properly.
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Old 07-27-2004, 18:46   #3 (permalink)
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Re: E-series and head gaskets?

It happens to all the E series cars, and to a much lesser degree the alloy head X series. The AUs are too new to tell but they are a vast improvement either way.

There are a lot of things that can be done to help the situation. Keeping the radiatior and coolant in tip top shape, and personally I believe in fully warming up the car before driving. The heads are made of alloy and the blocks of cast iron, which heat and cool at different speeds and puts pressure on the gasket that binds them. The nail in the coffin is the relatively cramped under-bonnet area on E series cars compared to the X series.
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Re: E-series and head gaskets?

i flushed out my radiator the weekend i got my car and my headgasket has never given me a problem... however i have only owned the car for 12mths.
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Re: E-series and head gaskets?

My car hasn't blown a head gasket since it's been in my Family. About 7 years.

I guess it's waiting for a 5 speed or something good to go in before anything ****s up.
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Old 07-28-2004, 00:45   #6 (permalink)
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Re: E-series and head gaskets?

I put it down to neglect more than anything else.

Keep the cooling system in good working order and you should be right. If it does blow, get the head machined flat and use an AU gasket, that should solve the problem.
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Re: E-series and head gaskets?

my suggestion, read the many posts on this exact subject

short answer, yes, long answer no...with a but
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Old 07-28-2004, 02:21   #8 (permalink)
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Re: E-series and head gaskets?

my ED has 184000kms on it and its still on the original head with no signs of it going [but dont count it out :(].
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Re: E-series and head gaskets?

Done a head gasket on the XR @ 130,000k's (withing a month or so of buying it). Had a snapped head bolt and by the look of the head it looked like it has been off before.
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Re: E-series and head gaskets?

AUII onwards copped a steal gasket, the heads screw up before the gasket shows any sign of age now. I know the guy that tested the gaskets in his Taxi's for Ford. He reckons that he's seen some AUII's do 300-400K before the head had to come off.

Our EAII's head gasket lasted 270,000km, only dying after I tortured it in stifling heat just after I got my P's.

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