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the_legend_of_yrag
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25th Aug 03 at 10:52   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I was sitting on the side of the road chattin to a mate, the engine was tickin over, and suddenly there was a huge bang and loads of steam! Jumped out the car and water everwhere. Looked at the radiator and the left hand side was missing.

RAC bloke reckoned my head gasket has gone which built up pressure to blow the radiator. How much will a head gasket cost plus fitting? Expensive ive heard, i can do the radiator myself so thats no problem!

Cheers
WaNtEd_CoRsA
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25th Aug 03 at 11:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

200 prob for change of head gasket - head mite need skimming - up to 80
new rad -???

you mint as well change cam belt while ya at it aswell
the_legend_of_yrag
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25th Aug 03 at 11:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ive got a cambelt sittin in me glovebox havnt got round to changing it! fuckin hell i hate cars!
WaNtEd_CoRsA
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25th Aug 03 at 11:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

nice 1 mate - get it done
Rich-
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I'd personally check/change the expansion bottle pressure cap, as thats the thing that controls the cooling system pressure, regardless of whether the head gasket has gone, the pressure cap should release the pressure before the rad blows up.
Oh, its a gnat's cheaper than a gasket job too.

Rich
WaNtEd_CoRsA
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ok mate u need a rad anyway so u will have to buy one or get one from srappy - then like rich says change pressure cap - top up water / antifreeze then run car if it start using alot of water and become very hot - (thermostat in right hand side on dash goes into the red) the heads gone aslos another way to check is to take of oill filler cap and if there is some white gunge on it the head gasget has gone

your aa man is prob defo right if it has blown the rad it will had blown the head gasket for sure
the_legend_of_yrag
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25th Aug 03 at 12:50   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Yer he said to fill the water up and if it bubbles out or something with the cap off the heads gone.

Rich what do you mean the expansion bottle pressure cap? Where is that?
and-m
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25th Aug 03 at 12:57   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

the lid on the expansion tank lol
the_legend_of_yrag
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25th Aug 03 at 13:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I thought i was bein thick

 
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