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quick poll for the phase I blown head gasket owners
Posted 17 May 2006 - 11:23 AM
did anyone else have just one of their head gaskets go? if so, which side was it? (if you replaced both at the same time, which one was in worse condition?)
Posted 18 May 2006 - 11:58 AM
No idea. Both sides were replaced. I recall looking at the old gaskets - both looked the same to me.
Posted 18 May 2006 - 12:12 PM
this is probably everyone that has head gaskets blow. but if it is severly overheated or continually driven, the other will let go as well. but for the most part you'll find that one side will be the culprit first.
did anyone else have just one of their head gaskets go?
Posted 18 May 2006 - 12:53 PM
Posted 18 May 2006 - 05:39 PM
Posted 18 May 2006 - 06:37 PM
i got back from the shop and they said my passenger side head gasket had a gash or something similar in it, causing the compression to be lower and therefore allowing them to find it. i'm not too worried about the other being damaged because everything was kosher on that side of the motor and i always turned off the engine when it was getting hot (not at hot) (and i'll just find some time to replace the other in the near future if that is the case) wish i could replace both, but i'm constrained on time, so one will have to do.....
just wondering if one side was causing the problem or not
Posted 18 May 2006 - 07:56 PM
As far as your statement about "lack of time to repair both head gaskets" I think once you consider....
1) The intake manifold has to be removed...from both heads.
2) The exhaust manifold has to be removed....from both heads.
3) The timing belt will have to be removed and or replaced.
4) Cooling system flush and refill.
5) IF the one head needs machine work, such as surfacing the head a few thousandths of an inch, you'll want to machine the other head the same amount to keep the compression ratio similar on both sides of the engine. Of course, one may have to be surfaced a bit more than the other, and you won't know by doing only one head.
I think if you consider the above, and the thought that the old one may take out the new one, you're really looking at a false economy by only replacing the one head gasket, and waiting "for the time" to do the other...if need be.:cool:
Posted 18 May 2006 - 08:13 PM
i needed the car by monday, and im getting it back tomorrow, so i'm happy (broke, but happy)
Posted 18 May 2006 - 08:19 PM
Posted 18 May 2006 - 08:26 PM
i might get it done this summer, but it depends if i get a company vehicle full time or not (i doubt it, but we'll see)
Posted 18 May 2006 - 08:49 PM
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