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Author Pop goes the Head Gasket
Novamad
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   5th Mar 03 at 22:44   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ok I am now guessing my head gasket is gone

Car is spluttering when Idling, seems low on power when driving, getting white smoke out of exhaust, not using water or overheating yet, no mayo in filler cap, but lots of pressure in header tank

Took it to a mates today who tested the header tank bottle for gasses, and exhaust fumes are present

Going to be pricy I know, just wanted to have a rant!

Jon
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5th Mar 03 at 23:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

( mechanic) ooooooo BIG JOB MATE BIG JOB
matt_jonesuk
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5th Mar 03 at 23:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

mine went december the white smoke comin outta ur exhaust is steam just make sure u keep ur water topped up whilst ur driving it until u can get it sorted.

cost me 230 quid when mine went :-(
niven
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Registered: 29th Mar 02
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5th Mar 03 at 23:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

get a compression test and emissions test
matt_jonesuk
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5th Mar 03 at 23:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

can u hear the sound of running water when u first start ur car in the morning?
miles
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Registered: 25th Mar 02
Location: plymouth Drives: Astra Sport
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5th Mar 03 at 23:28   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

This happened to mine, I thought it was head gasket, turned out to be the gasket between head and inlet manifold. I'd just run it til it becomes obvious what the prob is, ie until you get water in oil or vice versa. As long as you keep an eye on the temp and water level then you cant cause to much damage.
FrankP
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Registered: 12th Aug 02
Location: Melbourne, Australia Drives: 02 Barina SRi 1.8
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6th Mar 03 at 09:03   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

stratigically place your car on a train crossing and let the insurance handle the rest.
Cybermonkey
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6th Mar 03 at 09:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

There are no set patterns for a head gasket going by the way! You may only have one symptom out of many and that could mean your head gasket has blown. Dont wait for more problems to develop, get it sorted straight away or you might find that the head will need replacing if it cracks or skimming.

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Novamad
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6th Mar 03 at 10:19   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Not overheating but can hear rushing water sounds. Not going to use car until its fixed. Been phoning up garages this morning, not too many wanting to take it as its a sh*t of a job, might end up taking it to Lookers ()
miles
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6th Mar 03 at 11:05   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

whys it a shit of a job?

If its a 1.4/1.6 16v then it has a book time of 4 hours I think to fix. I paid 80 for mine + parts.
stuyw
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Registered: 15th May 02
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6th Mar 03 at 11:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

thats fookin cheap - normally its big bucks, but i suppose it depends on who u take it 2. i wouldnt take it 2 dealership as they'll rape u for it
little_foz
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Registered: 24th Feb 03
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6th Mar 03 at 14:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Novamad
Not overheating but can hear rushing water sounds. Not going to use car until its fixed. Been phoning up garages this morning, not too many wanting to take it as its a sh*t of a job, might end up taking it to Lookers ()


Mine went last month n i never got it sorted quick enough n it caused other probs like overheating which fked up my thermostat and melted my valve stem seals, all of which needed replacin!! Make sure u get it sorted quicker than i did cos it can be well pricey!! Mine cost me well over the prices stated here!
matt_jonesuk
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6th Mar 03 at 14:22   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

reason it over heated its cause it drinks ur water when ur gasket goes i carried warm water around in my car i did about 300 miles when mine was broke waiting for the bastard dealer to get back to me...... caused no damage like that thank god
little_foz
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6th Mar 03 at 14:23   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ok dont rub it in!! i know i was a fool... but iv learnt!
matt_jonesuk
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6th Mar 03 at 14:25   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

na to be honest i was stupid for driving round.......

i remember i was in town and i saw the temp needle at 90 then in about 5 seconds it went jus below the red

quickly turned my engine off and lifted the bonnet couldnt believe how fast the needle went up good thing i was lookin otherwise god knows wot would have happened
little_foz
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6th Mar 03 at 14:27   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

mine did that, it would go from cold to in the red in less than 5mins... RECORD!!
matt_jonesuk
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6th Mar 03 at 14:29   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

lol i shate myself when it did it at first i thought it was jus the needle had bust or something

cause on my moms old renault the needles used to jus suddenly all hit zero for no reason i thought it was same sorta thing lol didnt wanna risk it though
little_foz
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6th Mar 03 at 14:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ha, i usually think that when petrol is runnin low... hope the needles bust n really iv got a full tank!! What is is u drive then if ur comparin it to an old renault
matt_jonesuk
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6th Mar 03 at 14:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i drive a 1993 L reg corsa GLS 1.4

my mom renault isnt actually old its 1994 L reg lol

its a nice car if i could afford the insurance on it i would drive it but insurance for me is 2200 lol thats goin on my parents insurance..........
PaulW
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Registered: 26th Jan 03
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6th Mar 03 at 14:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

what engine is it??
matt_jonesuk
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6th Mar 03 at 14:44   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

only a 1.4

corsa is much faster accelaration and top end the renault only does 115mph on a good day thats when we first got it it would probably struggle to get a ton now
little_foz
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6th Mar 03 at 14:47   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

BLESS! MINE IS A 1.4 16V, AD NOTHIN BUT TROUBLE WITH IT SINCE I GOT IT.... STILL A COOL CAR THO... WHEN ITS RUNNIN WELL THAT IS!
matt_jonesuk
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6th Mar 03 at 14:49   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

that a renault or corsa u got?


i love the renault 19 my mom has had no problems with it

yet my corsa has given me nothing but crap since i got it in august..... its cost me over a thousand in repairs

not much more can go wrong for it its all got brand new parts

saying that i'll go out and the wheels will have fallen off (wouldnt be suprised.)
little_foz
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6th Mar 03 at 14:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

got mine in august too, iv only spent 500 on repairs tho, thats with warranty!! And its only a V Reg, wldnt mind if it was well old... the bastards!! Never buy a car from Dixons!! Its a corsa too ;-)

Id keep an eye on ur heels... u never know!!!
little_foz
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i meant wheels not heels!

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