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Re: I have a 1989 Hatch and I need help changing Head...
Hi from uk best advice if you intend to diy this head gasket and other jobs in the future on your car ? purchase a haynes manual so you can read up on jobs and then you can always refer to it if you get stuck or want torque sttings etc if you have difficulty in finding manual for 89 model? i do have a number of these manuals for various cars including the civic up to 1987 the engine is carburetta and o/head cam belt drive not sure if same continued in 89 ?? for info in uk haynes cost £19 "99 from motor superstores and are very informative for diy i have collected over the years approx 80 and now retired
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If you've never changed a head gasket before and you do it wrong it can be very costly to you. Because if you fail to set up the timing correctly you can bend every valve in the head costing you big time money. BUT, if you are still wanting to do it yourself go to my website, click on "Contact Us" and give me all the information about you car. "Engine size, Make, Model, Year and VIN number and your name. I'll help you step by step, BUT, understand I will not be responsible if you miss a step and bend the valves, but if you listen carefully and follow instructions we should be able to get you through. It's up to you, my website is below. Have an awesome day! Auto Repair
this is a major piece of mechanical work as you seem to be aware, i would suggest if you feel confident to do it yourself get a workshop manual that will give a step by step guide and the correct torques etc , you wont know if the head needs recon until its off but if it has'nt been overheated time and time again it should be fine , also depending on mileage as to wether the valves need regrinding and new seals , i would do this as well while the head is off as is best practice to carry out further maintenance when the oppourtunity is there also change the timing belt and tensionor ,you can probably hire the correct tools needed as buying would cost quite a bit to be used only once so there is a lot to consider so i wish you good luck and keep me up to date please.Also bear in mind the age and condition of vehicle against cost of repair might be better to trade in keeping the head problem to yourself!
SEE WHITE SMOKE YOU HAVE BLOWN HEAD GASKET OR INTAKE MANIFOLD GASKET LEAKING.IF YOU SEE BLUE SMOKE ENGINE BURNING OIL DUE TO WORN VALVE GUIDES AND WORN VALVE SEALS AND WORN PISTON RINGS. CHECK SPARK PLUGS IF THEY OIL SOAKED ENGINE BURNING OIL.
where is the watter coming out from? did you follow torque sequence / did you have head resurfaced? check block / did you find any thing wrong with the old head gasket? please give more info, so we can give you better assistance , Thank you for using Fixya.
Hello mspayde925: My name is Roger and I will give you a answer. This could be either intake or head gasket. If it is a head gasket you should be getting white steam from the tail pipe. If it is a intake you should just have coolant in the oil. Most common is the intake gasket. GM put a plastic silicone impregnated gasket on the newer engines. Have a lot of leaks needless to say. Be sure to change the oil after your repairs. Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the answer you received. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger
crandallyoun: replacing the head gasket on the motor will run roughly $7-800.00 excluding any incidentals. This is just the head gasket and labor There are variables.
As far as you changing it? This is a serious engine and an expensive one to make a mistake on. You can find Haynes manuals in the book stores which will give you the step by step with illustrations. There are also a few other publications. If you go on ebay you may even be able to buy a factory manuel.
your best bet would be to go to a local parts store and purchase a Haynes manual for your specific vehicle, this will give you step by step instructions as well as all the required torque specs. The Haynes manuals are around $ 25.00 canadian. hope this helps you.