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temp fix - please don't scough, just need an opinion
Posted 07 October 2006 - 03:33 PM
Me again - blown headgasket...
Just wondering, I really only need the car to limp around for about a month, then I'll be moved into a new place abroad, and shipping the car over to where I can truly work on it and do 'wonders'... that is, really convert it from my street car to a rally ride.
Thing is, I do need it for the month. Does anyone have experience with 'Blue Devil' Sealant? I just bought a bottle for $60 bucks, but if it's junk I don't want to waste my time or money... the alternative is teardown, beginning monday.
Thanks for your honest assessment. -jB
Posted 07 October 2006 - 04:50 PM
How "blown" is(are) the HG(s)? Coolant in the oil? Over-pressurized cooling system? Or just overheating?
Posted 07 October 2006 - 04:56 PM
All the above. Coolant in the oil, smudgy nasy brown sludge oil, overheating (I can imagine, haven't dared drive it since I've been home).
Posted 07 October 2006 - 09:24 PM
HGs aren't that tough to do, or look for a serviceable used engine to get you through.
Posted 07 October 2006 - 10:43 PM
The sealant will collect in the heater core and clog that permanently. Trust me - the way the core is designed on the EA series both the inlet and outlet are on the same side.
Posted 08 October 2006 - 08:19 AM
Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:08 PM
Posted 11 October 2006 - 09:32 AM
you can't have both - drive it for a month - and fix it later. pick one, or pick the other, but doing both won't cut it. if you drive it like that for a month, the short block won't be worth putting any work into it as the coolant/water in the oil will destroy the bearings. i did this myself and had very little oil/coolant mixing. after installing new headgaskets the motor didn't last very long. developed a severe rod knock, which i can almost gaurantee was due to the water/coolant in the oil. i swapped engines shortly afterwards.
run it now and replace the motor later. or fix it now and save that motor. if you fix it now the beauty is that your motor is good, you won't have to pull it and you save yourself that agrivation in the future.
Posted 11 October 2006 - 12:32 PM
You're moving. That sucks --- for me. I finally find a USMB Subie Brotha in my neck-o-d-woods, and you go and move on me. Thanks Alot !
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