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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
hi, if you have coolant going into the oil then their can be only one cause for this and that would be that the head gasket has failed, this is a big job to do and would involve removing the top half of the engine and replacing the gasket and the head bolts if needed it may also need the head pressure testing and maybe skimming without getting the head preasure tested you may find after changing the gasket you may still have the same problem so please get it pressure tested.
It is a big job and the head bolts need to be un-done in a certain order and the same when putting it back on also it will need tightening up to certain degrees and certain torque settings for every bolt failing to do this correctly would result in the cylinder head being warped.
If you have no experiance in doing head gaskets then leave it to a pro as its such a big job and you can get it horribly wrong as you need to make sure you get the timing spot on once you have put cylinder head back on getting this wrong would mean destroying your engine as the valves would smash the pistons meaning you then need to replace the engine.
Please leave to a garage if you have never done this before as it is a very big job, also its not a cheap job to pay a garage to do the parts ie the head gasket and head bolts are not that expensive but its the labour that costs the most.
If you are thinking of doing this yourself then make sure you get a repair manual (Haynes workshop manual are the best you can get) this will then guide you through the whole process step by step with pictures and it will give you the correct torque settings and order of doing things plus you need this to make sure you get the timing marks correct.
Let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
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