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Old July 17th, 2008, 8:21 am   #1
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Hy there, my father says that withthe 20 years that the car has...the head gasket will shurely..wear off...and water will get in the pistons or smth like that. is it difficult prevently change the headgasket..? must remove the entire engine block or smth? or it can be done rapidly? how can i tell if the gasket need replacement..although ..with a acr this old..i m sure.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 1:46 pm   #2
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your father is wrong in assuming the headgasket will fail just because its old, the only reason to replace a headgasket is due to a leak.

headgaskets in general fail because of overheating, so if the car has never overheated your gasket is most likely fine.

the tests you can do to to check it out is a leakdown test, a compression test, and pressure test the cooling system.

also look for excessive oil at where the head meets the block.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 1:55 pm   #3
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How many miles on the engine???? I doubt your headgasket is near blowing, the original one is pretty tough, like probingyou said, unless you've overheated the car, that head gasket won't be going anywhere soon. & since you havent modded the car that gasket hasn't seen a day over stock boost.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 2:03 pm   #4
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car curerntly has 105000 miles..from waht i know it runed several years without the tachometer working...so ai assume i has arround 150000. How do you do "the tests you can do to to check it out is a leakdown test, a compression test, and pressure test the cooling system" . And my car leaks oil on the passanger half of the engine...i think is the engine bay..not tight well enough.... I never overheated it...max 4000rmp for 5 sex once a month...i always shit at 3000 rpm..and dont pass this limit not even on highway.
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Don't fix it unless it breaks, 'cause if you've never done it before, you may actually cause a problem when you didn't already have one. Your leak could also be a valve cover gasket or cam seal or even a leaky oil fill cap. Best thing to do is clean the engine and see where it releaks.
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...i always shit at 3000 rpm..and dont pass this limit not even on highway.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 3:45 pm   #7
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srry for that ..i meant shift....i m laughing my ass off. i am romanian...i m not so good at english...espeically when writting so pasionately about my Probe. hahahhaha
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I'd wager you speak english better than most of us speak Romanian
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^^ prolly..the headgasket isnt that hard though..u just need to go buy a chilton's manual and it gives u step by step pretty easy though, the hardest part will be putting the timing belt back on and getting it in time , its just pop the valve cover off, take the head bolts off..take timing belt off, disconnect the wire harness connected to the injectors..etc look for brackets holding the head to the block if it doesnt come up immediately and your done, then get a torque wrench and put the headbolts back in according to spec
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lol u type pretty damn good for being romanian, i definetly can't speak a word of it, your head gasket is probably fine, if u are hard on your car, our your running 17psi your gasket might be more prone to fail. but if u are easy on it, i imagine u are fine! i've only blown two, but my rad cap came off, and over heated, the other one was due to bad timing either way u should be fine!
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the easest way to check a head gasket is to take the radiator cap off when it is cold, start the engine with it off, then look into the radiator for bubbles. if a ton of bubbles are coming up than you have a bad head gasket most likely. i replaced the one on my car and it took me about 3 hours. granted it wasnt my first time its really not that difficult.
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I was just about to say the same thing, and my mother was from Romania. My father was Polish. Both immigrated to the US after the Holocaust.
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high rpm for extended time and high boost and overheating can cause headgasket failure.....so you should be fine

im part romanian

maybe i'll send you a Haynes manual too....it will be Christmas in Spain when you get that box from me!
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Old July 17th, 2008, 10:30 pm   #14
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ohh you guys make it sound so easy...i honestly admire you.. i just appointed to university..i need the money now..soon i ll get a better job, rent a garage...buy new head gasket...struts(beacuse th car feels like a boat)...all those tie rods..bars..that goes to the front wheels... i must fix the exhaust pipe..i hit a pole..when my car fell down a ramp..(i forgot to put it in gear)...Momentary my car has to last to take to univeristy and back. i really need spark wires.. i dont think the gasket is to worn...smthing else might be leaking oil... i check the bubbles rad cap thing. hope i ll get a repair manual too...they cost a lot of money...this night i just broke..with my girl..everyone got a new mobile at work( a blackberry) except me. i work as a mairne surveyor and they pay me 1000$ fuckin idiots...Well i really appreciate everything guys...i love the forum. well max boost 9 psi, and i am easy on the car. More urgent i must change the timing belt...which i think it was never changed...great danger. but i dunno how to align and install the new one correctly...so. have to gather money for a mechanic. CSOEHN what do ya mean by "it will be Christmas in Spain when you get that box from me!?
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