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mattievRS
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12th Jan 07 at 18:05   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Going to do the head gasket in next couple of days.Any advice on problems i might come across and any words of wisdom as i havent done one before!!Its a x14xe and i have a haynes!!
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make sure you have a torque wrench
csweatherston
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12th Jan 07 at 18:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

take the inlet manifold off with the head...its the easiest way...
mattievRS
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12th Jan 07 at 18:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Got a torque wrench and it has a mantzel.How long will it take if i dont rush?

[Edited on 12-01-2007 by m17tty]
Dave A
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12th Jan 07 at 18:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

get the head skimmed
get a new gasket kit inc new headbolts
get a gasket scraping tool
get a dial gauge (angle tightening gauge will do)

take your time
mattievRS
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12th Jan 07 at 18:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Will do the first two,but wtf is a scraping tool?Dial guage?
PaulW
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i never once used a dial guage or torque wrench lol

always did hand tight, 3/4, 1/4 and that held well enough!
csweatherston
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amature bodge the 2nd? ^^^^

you SHOULD use a dial (angle) guage, and may need a scraper to remove the bits of old gasket....

i always use vaux gasket sealer too (gorilla snot - as vaux call it)
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quote:
Originally posted by m17tty
Will do the first two,but wtf is a scraping tool?Dial guage?


gasket scraping tool to clean the block (makes th job 10X easier than using a screwdriver

need an angle gauge to tighten the headbolts properly

both tools are available from machine mart for about 5 each
mattievRS
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Is it necessary to get the head skimmed as the hg hasnt gone but its loosing coolant slowly(top it up with a pint every 3-4 weeks) and there is small signs of oil in the coolant(Slight film on the top of the coolant)
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quote:
Originally posted by csweatherston
amature bodge the 2nd? ^^^^

you SHOULD use a dial (angle) guage, and may need a scraper to remove the bits of old gasket....

i always use vaux gasket sealer too (gorilla snot - as vaux call it)


you mean like muppet?? possibly...
PaulW
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quote:
Originally posted by m17tty
Is it necessary to get the head skimmed as the hg hasnt gone but its loosing coolant slowly(top it up with a pint every 3-4 weeks) and there is small signs of oil in the coolant(Slight film on the top of the coolant)


still be worth taking it just to make sure its true & flat.

inspection alone is worth the money to save having to do it again a few hundred miles down the road...
Dave A
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always get the head skimmed whenever its removed. even if its a few thou of an inch out at some point it wont seal properly. plus the gasket WILL be stuck to the head and you will never get it all off without a good skim. Remember you need to remove the cams, followers and bearings to get it skimmed

remove the headbolts in the correct sequence as well! otherwise it can damage the head and lead to snapped headbolts.
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if its got aircon etc its more awkward .. hate doing x14 and x/c16 head gakets .. bloody stupid setup!
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Originally posted by SportyBoy
if its got aircon etc its more awkward .. hate doing x14 and x/c16 head gakets .. bloody stupid setup!


unless it has tb's then its a 3 hour job inc the trip to the machine shop for a skim
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12th Jan 07 at 18:28   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

well tbh its only the inlet manifold thats the gay thing with them . so yeah if its got tbs they your laughing lol . also the way they route wires and coolant pipes .. bloody mongs
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it aint on tb's lads,yet anyway.Looked at the haynes and it looks to be fairly straight forward

ill take my time and do it properly.

 
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