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I Think My Head Gasket Just Blew
Posted 17 November 2013 - 12:14 AM
Posted 17 November 2013 - 02:38 AM
How possible is it to replace your own head gasket on an ea82?i just drive my car to a restaurant, was running fine when I went there. Sat in the cold for an hour or two, and then when I drove it away it was stumbling and misfiring, smelled like burnt rubber, white pasty looking stuff on the inside of the oil cap, oil was much lower than it was before.
The white pasty stuff is just because you only drive short distances and don't get the engine up to operating temp for extended periods of time. It's emulsified oil and can just be wiped off. I would check your distributor rotor and cap and if those check out, then check the timing belts since you smelled burnt rubber. So far nothing you have described would indicate a blown head gasket, but it sounds like the engine is not firing correctly.
Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:18 AM
Would help a little to know the year and whether carbureted or fuel injected.
Posted 17 November 2013 - 02:45 PM
there are plastic covers over your timing belts, they have rubber plugs in them. you can feel in there for tension on the belts. you can also remove the distributor cap and make sure the rotor set screw hasnt backed out. its happened to lots of us. after youve done that make sure the rotor spins when the engine is cranked.
If your coolant doesnt smell like exhaust (check the overflow tank) and you arent seeing billowing clouds of white, probably not hgs
Posted 17 November 2013 - 02:55 PM
Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:08 PM
pretty sure you have a broken passenger side timing belt.
Posted 18 November 2013 - 03:07 PM
I just ordered a timing belt kit off ebay, hopefully it's of acceptable quality, dramatically cheaper than getting the parts from NAPA. Taking the car apart tonight to confirm that the belts are the problem, but even if they aren't they definitely need to be done. I've never changed them and I have my doubts about the previous owner either.
Posted 23 November 2013 - 04:36 PM
Posted 26 November 2013 - 06:16 PM
I have installed 3 of the ebay kits. No problems with any of them.
Better get the timing belts replaced before it gets 'cold' up there. Sounds like a good project for the weekend.
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