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Old 01-09-2003, 02:03 AM
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Head Gasket leak....effects of it?

What are the effects of a head gasket starting to leak? Performance affected? Any info or advice would help. How can I tell if it is leaking?

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Old 01-09-2003, 10:23 AM
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Loss of oil pressure, power loss, overheating, just to name a few.

You can tell by the oil covering your block. Usually it is from the corners.
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Old 01-09-2003, 11:00 AM
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Oil consumption will increase, white smoke from the exhaust, coolant being used up, the obvious external oil leakes, could hydro lock a piston tearing the entire engine apart, could misfire or take a while for the engine to start, the plugs have encrustations in them....what else....
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Old 01-09-2003, 11:54 AM
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"Loss of oil pressure, power loss, overheating, just to name a few.

You can tell by the oil covering your block. Usually it is from the corners."
"Loss of oil pressure, power loss, overheating, just to name a few."

and the other symptoms explained by the italian guy.
also, check for water pouring out the exhaust, and check your oil, if it looks watery or has a chocolate milk look to it, that could be a blown head gasket. also, Loss of compression, smoke, as explained earlier, car sounds rough and likes to stall (mine did anyway)
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Old 01-09-2003, 12:44 PM
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Burning coolant, milky oil, clouds of white smoke, overflowing coolant resivior.
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Old 01-09-2003, 08:31 PM
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Hmm...i think i'm starting to have some leak......expensive to fix?

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shouldnt be. why do you think you have a leak?

white smoke is water is getting in, black smoke, oil is getting getting in...

it would cost a good amount to simply replace the gasket, prolly like $300~$600
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Get it dealt with quickly! Blown headgaskets can lead to cracked heads.
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Old 01-09-2003, 11:38 PM
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See a little oil on the corners. =(
Doh....I should get it fixed sometime.
I have a 1993 325is with 105k miles...likely?
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repair it quick man.. my friend had a head problem on his integra.. and he ignored it.. and boom there went his entire head. Never fool around when ur gettin engin probs.
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Old 01-10-2003, 10:17 AM
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The gasket change is simple. All you need is some time. Save the $ and just get the gaskest from the net. If you are an average mechanic, you can do it no prob. It is only a matter of removing the stuff that is in the way. Make sure that you torque the bolts down to speck and take your time. Hell, I have changed entire engines out, intake manifold gaskets, rings, clutches...just take your time. If you don't feel confident, have a shop do it and it doesn't have to be a BMW dealr for this job.
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Old 01-10-2003, 11:08 AM
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Alright. Thanks.
What other parts should I be getting..juss the head gasket?
I might order online...prices are probably lower.
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the online places usually sell headgasket sets that include all the gaskets you need to do the job. you need a shop manual for your car that gives directions and specs. there is a lot more to it than the others have described, but you can still do it yourself.

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dood, if you dont know what a head gasket leak is and what it does i would HIGHLY reccommend you NOT change it yourself.

and don't tighten it to speck... try spec. or specification.
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Old 01-10-2003, 05:17 PM
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The do-it-yourself gasket is the valve cover gasket, located on top of the head. The take-it-to-a-shop gasket is the head gasket located below the head between the head and block. Both gaskets are gaskets for the head, but big difference.
 

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