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Replacing head gaskets

Leaking head gaskets

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You have to take a lot of parts off to get to the cylinder heads. Intake manifold..vacuum hoses..sometimes the timing belt. You better get a Haynes or Chilton repair manual. It takes 8 to 12 hours of work. Beats paying $1000 though.

Posted on Sep 09, 2009


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SOURCE: just replaced head gasket on a 1996 chevy cav, now it leaks fuel

damaged o rings put o ring lubricant on it

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SOURCE: The "outside" of the head gasket

no it will just get wore, however I find it hard to believe the gasket is leaking, are you sure it's the gasket and not the water hoses? normally the pressure is so great it would not be a leak it would be the foutain of youth!

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Very difficult. Make sure that the cam shafts are well marked for there positions.

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SOURCE: Is just taking off the head and replacing the

Yes, however both mating surfaces need to be cleaned prior to reassembly. The cylinder head bolts will also need to be torqued to the manufacturers specifications.

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2002 Dodge neon Problems with the head leaking?

It leaks what... coolant or exhaust gas?
If it's exhaust gases it's more likely to be the exhaust manifold gasket at fault.

If it's coolant leaking out somewhere it could be a hose/radiator/coolant tank, though coolant can also leak from the head gasket area.

A classic sign of a leaking head gasket is a creamy white/grey sludge on your oil dipstick. This is caused by coolant finding its way via a blown head gasket into the oil system

2002-dodge-neon-problems-head-leaking-drn4r4jcf5cpqfgonvky3zim-5-0.jpeg A creamy sludge on the dipstick - caused by coolant finding its way into the oil system because of a leaking head gasket.

Other indications of a leaking head gasket/head is overheating and rough running.

You can also try removing the cap from the coolant bottle and letting the engine idle. If bubbles continually appear this may be due to the exhaust gases finding their way into the cooling system via a leaking head gasket.

In most cases replacing a head gasket requires the cylinder head to be skimmed as well. This is because the alloy of the head tends to warp slightly.

A workshop would be able to diagnose a faulty head gasket within minutes. Having a head gasket replaced and the head skimmed isn't a cheap job.

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Does a water pump gasket problem lead to other gasket problems- such as intake or head gaskets/ and is it associated with having coolant loss issues?

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Header gaskets are fairly expensive to replace. It depends on the labor rates of the repair facility. I would try to find a local community college that has an automotive degree program. Usually they will charge much less for the fix (to help students learn) than a garage. If that isn't an option I would replace the head gasket and not the whole engine. Of course, if there is other damaged caused by the leaky gasket that is another story. There is a lot of labor involved with replacing a header gasket. I would say anywhere from $500 to $1000 anyway. Hope this helps.

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What gaskets do I need besides my head gasket when replacing the head gasket on a 2004 Ford Taurus, in otherwords what would replace while doing this job car has 168000 kms

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My truck smokes too much

sound like you have a leaking head gasket , or possible oil rings on the pistons are worn, if you have the head gaskets replaced check the clearance for the oil rings , mechanical shop can do this , just let them know to check them , but i would start with replacing head gaskets , if the smoke it white then you are leaking coolant into the cylinders , either way the head gaskets will fix

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no it will just get wore, however I find it hard to believe the gasket is leaking, are you sure it's the gasket and not the water hoses? normally the pressure is so great it would not be a leak it would be the foutain of youth!

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Are you sure it needs a head gasket? These are common for just having leaking intake gaskets and that is alot easier and cheaper to fix.

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Water in the oil doesn't happen from a leaking intake valve. You may have a crack in the head near the intake valve, or you may have a blown head gasket. In either case, it's a big job, involving removing the cylinder head(s) and either replacing the head gasket or replacing the cylinder head. (Attempts to repair a cracked head don't usually work out too well -- better to get another one.)

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