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The head gasket needs replacing

Posted on Apr 05, 2015

Testimonial: "had the head checked and resurfaced all new gaskets still getting water in rear two cylinders."

  • andrew Apr 06, 2015

    Something amiss somewhere faulty gasket head warped was head pressure tested were all bolt holes cleaned out before putting head bolts in was the face on the block cleaned properly

  • andrew Apr 06, 2015

    Something amiss somewhere faulty gasket head warped was head pressure tested were all bolt holes cleaned out before putting head bolts in was the face on the block cleaned properly also may I ask what vehicle and what engine

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