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Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 9:47 am 
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Gday guys

Some bad news. I was driving home from the mountains yesterday when i stopped to get some food. When I left I noticed that a cylinder wasnt firing. Now i know it'll limp easily on 5 cylinders so i took it easy and travelled the last 5 kms home.

When i got home, i proceeded to test the plugs by pulling off the leads and found that the 3rd cylinder from the front wasnt firing.

I let the car sit for about an hour to cool down before removing the spark plug to find it soaked with liquid. I then used paper towel to absorb some out of the cylinder to find it was coolant :x :x :x

About two weeks ago the stock radiator decided to split open right down the side and once again i had to limp home very slowly because i know how bad this can be. Fortunately it was only a k or two home.

I fitted a new radiator and everything seemed to be running ok but now this has happened and i am unsure of what it is and/or what can be done.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated

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Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 9:57 am 
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bad news!!
sounds like the head gasket has failed.. or worse the head has a crack..
more than likely its the gasket though....
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Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:00 am 
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I had the same problem it was a head gasket we changed it and its been fine ever since
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1:ALWAYS warm your car up that extra 5 mins is better than doing a head gasket
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Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:23 am 
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Thanks all

Just checked with the mechanic. He says most likely head gasket, could possibly be the head is cracked or at the very most unlikely a block crack. Hopefully get it fixed by wednesday :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Worst part of all is i replaced the head gasket not 1 year ago :|

 

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Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:31 am 
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the sam wrote:
Thanks all

Just checked with the mechanic. He says most likely head gasket, could possibly be the head is cracked or at the very most unlikely a block crack. Hopefully get it fixed by wednesday :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Worst part of all is i replaced the head gasket not 1 year ago :|


did you use the au head gasket last time??
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Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:33 am 
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Nah troyman, just the standard falcon one. But i shall ask him to use the au gasket this time.
Any ideas on rough price comparison between el and au gasket?

 

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Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:58 am 
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the au head gasket is about $70 from ford... well worth it though..
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Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:40 pm 
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my gasket has blown aswell, its an el gasket could i replace it with an AU one?
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Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:53 pm 
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How long where you driving before you realised the radiator was split? Bet you cooked the engine and did the gasket/head.
Yes you can use an au gasket xrboi
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Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:02 pm 
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You can also get AU style gaskets Non genuine from Permaseal. Be carefull others that list for AU's are not always steel shim gaskets. Head bolt tensions are also different when using the steel shim gasket.
A finer finish is also better when machining the head. Regards TPVM.

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:14 pm 
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Hopfuly its only the gasket but you should also get the head surface machined to be sure it is perfectly flat. Good luck.

 

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