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koolkorsa
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22nd Jan 04 at 11:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i went to garage and had a new head gasket fitted. But my engine is still overheating i think and still gettin smoke out my exhuast. Is there a be all and end all way of testing it. For example a pressure test? Cos im thinking of goin to another garage gettin this test done to see.
Kris TD
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22nd Jan 04 at 11:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

cracked head, blocks radiator, shagged water pump.
could be any of those
Kris TD
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did they skim, or actually check the head for signs of cracking
koolkorsa
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22nd Jan 04 at 11:40   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

they said they tested and my head was gone. And had to send it off and wait 24hours for it to come back. Got a new water pump btw.
Kris TD
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22nd Jan 04 at 11:45   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

might be an airlock in the cooling system, run some radiator flush through it, may help.
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have they damaged your thermostat when removing the head - did they replace al lthe head blots with new ones - cause if not these are all possible causes

Mine had a shagged thermostat at the same time - but Id caught the head gasket blowing really early ( on the way to my mot - dad spotted excessive smoke from the breatehr pipe) thought oh no gonna fail mot -then got the dreaded phonecall - rich ur cars failed on emmisons - shit I thought - phoned back 5 mins later - do u actually drive this car cause the exhausts full of soot - took the car up to max revs to blow out the syste now its passed -

still had to sort head gasket tho
koolkorsa
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22nd Jan 04 at 16:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yer wot im asking is --- if i take it to another garage, and get a pressure test done. And the measurements on each cylinder are different, or whatever. will that show that the head gasket is bust, and that they have not actually done what i paid for i.e. new head.
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22nd Jan 04 at 16:43   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

well if you get a compression test done and it aint roughly correct then you can take those results back to the garage that replaced the original gasket and ask what da fuk is going on!
koolkorsa
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22nd Jan 04 at 20:14   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

rite thats wot i was gettin at.
mike_1.2LS96
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22nd Jan 04 at 20:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

How much was the original head gasket changeover btw? I'm not sure about doing it myself for changing the fecking camcover "glue" gasket thing thats leaking atmo.
koolkorsa
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22nd Jan 04 at 20:31   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

u'll pay between 200 and 400 in a garage for a new head from my experience.
mike_1.2LS96
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22nd Jan 04 at 20:33   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

That's just for a gasket change? Too much for me DIY
Dave
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22nd Jan 04 at 22:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Take it back to the garage that did it and tell them its still not right.

 
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