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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:50 am 
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 Post subject: Re: blown head gasket??
Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:04 am 
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micky4433 wrote:
hi all, my 97 NL fairlane i6 seems to be using alot of water lately. i have to top up the header tank with at least a litre of water every 11km trip into town. the water is a dirty brown colour, very much like the colour of river water. there is no signs of leaks & the oil dipstick is fine, no water in there.

where could the water be going? is it a blown head gasket?

any help greatly appreciated

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possibly could be leaking internal? how much km on the car? take it and get a pressure test done. can you smell coolant after you drive it? imo its a high possibility that it is the headgasket

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:13 am 
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 Post subject: Re: blown head gasket??
Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:26 am 
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im guessing you had the head shaved and replaced gasket during rebuild? if so it shouldnt be headgasket

 

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 Post subject: Re: blown head gasket??
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high possibility of aircon/heater using the water, although i dont know enough on that to comment, highly unlikely its the head though if it was reco'd that many k's ago

 

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 Post subject: Re: blown head gasket??
Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:01 am 
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 Post subject: Re: blown head gasket??
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not necessarily, my head gasket went and i noticed no difference in the car, except coolant pissing out like a drink female, on the other hand it could be.

 

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 Post subject: Re: blown head gasket??
Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:20 am 
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Get a test done at a Radiator Joint on your coolant bottle, it will tell if gases are getting into the coolant. Get a pressure test done at the same time.

As far as the AC using water, No, Excess water at this stage is more than likely from the high moisture content in the air.

Is there water/Coolant on the passenger floor? if there is then the heater core has gone.

Does the car have water or vapour coming out the exhaust after it is warmed up? Water vapour when cold will be normal.

Park the car on a dry area of conrete and then warm it up, while it is running check all round under the car and see if you can see some leaks.

Did you replace the hoses when you did the head? Check the heater tap as well.

How is you radiator cap, has it been replaced? If it is dodgey coolant will leak out under pressure.
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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:41 am 
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...is it automatic? If so...check the fluid in the transmission if you can...lets just hope the transmission cooler in the radiator hasn't crapped itself mixing cooling water with ATX fluid :?

Also you mentioned hoses were changed...was everything tightened up properly? Were the hose clamps replaced with new ones for the main lower and upper hoses?

 

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micky4433 wrote:
all clamps were replaced. took it for a hard flog around the block, left it to idle in driveway for a few moments. running rough as guts, switched it off & checked dipstick. shows a very slight caramel colour which indicates head gasket. wonder why it has taken months for it to show?


It might seep in slowly and sometimes not enough to get into the oil, instead just comes out as vapour through the exhaust...that sucks, head gasket done 40K km and already gone :?.

Using AU MLS gasket?

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:58 pm 
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micky4433 wrote:
yes, the head was shaved, had port work done, bigger valves & springs & new gasket & head bolts were used. i have noticed over the past couple of months that the aircon lets out a heap of water when the car is turned off. could this be where the water is going perhaps?
also the engine has started to run rough as guts since all this water has started to disappear


i would put money on it being the head gasket mine did the same thing we it was the head gasket

 

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