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Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:51 pm 
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ok, need sum feedback.
just noticed water trail (fresh) on the rear of the engine just dribbling down and over where the engine number stamp is on the I6. EF FAIRMONT GHIA SER 2 which has the xr6 donk.been no increase in temps and i already know the rubber seal on the rad cap is stuffed so ive had to but tiny bit of h2o to top it up,never below the min line.
is this signs of the dredded HEAD GASKET DEATH or other possibilities.

engine has 144,758 kms on her.

 

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Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:54 pm 
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could be, check that there arnt any coolant housings leaking. maybe heater taps or hoses leaking,
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Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:20 pm 
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could it help to check your AC breathe pipe, its down in that area
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Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:42 pm 
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Check hoses etc first. I don't know how high it's leaking, but it could even be the welsch plugs.
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Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:33 am 
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thanx for the responses guys.

had it checked out today and yep, sure enough head gasket it is.
gettin fixed in 1 week....yay!!

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:28 am 
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do it yourself and save yourself some dosh.
You're in perth so I'd be willing to help you out for beers!

I'm doing mine at the moment but should be finished by monday.

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:14 am 
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also onte you will find that the head bolt in that corner will be broken too ! so a new set of head bolts are need' to dude

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:40 pm 
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thanx Smackdown 4 the offer..got our old mech from work to do the job 4 me and he's gonna do it in exchange for some pc work, just gonna cost me parts thats all. i build him a new pc and he does the car for me
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Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:50 pm 
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My mate had the same thing on his EF and he was told it was the head, sorry bro
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Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:43 pm 
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yep the head it is! nothing else down that side of the engine apart from a heater pipe (but thats metal very, very unlikly for that to be it)
Just a remember boys all head bolts have been fased out and we know use AU head bolts. this means a slight filing down of the rocker assy where the head bolts sit so they fit and a diffrent torque procedure its now 45nm and 120 degrease instead of 45nm and 90 degrease that was done for ea-el head bolts. ensure the block is spotless
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Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:47 pm 
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oh and try to lay off the sandpaper good for bedding in your rings. but thats not really needed on an engine thats done well over 100,000 clicks
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Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 3:17 pm 
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hey guys, whilst on the subject of head gaskets...

does anyone have a list of torque pressures (or whateva you wana call it) for bolting everything back in with torque wrench??
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