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Old 02-12-07, 09:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well as some of you know i posted a thread before asking about an idling problem. Turns out that the head gaskets are gone, weird thing is that besides the idling problem its still driving pretty good (lots of power).

So i decided to go ahead and change the head gaskets before something worse happens. Im gonna have this guy change the head gaskets, timing belt, water pump, thermostat and maybe even the tranny mount.

So far i've been comparing prices for the parts. My question is this: is there a great difference between head gaskets (brands) or can i just go with a moderate priced set? say $250 for the whole set??
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Hector, whats up! from what i understand its not recomended to go any lower than the OEM gaskets from Acura
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There are some folks on the board that have used non-OEM stuff but really, the head gasket is one of the primary major failures consistent on the vehicle - why risk anything with a non-OEM part?
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Here's what you have to have to get a head gasket job done.

2 head gaskets
2 intake manifold gaskets
2 exhaust manifold gaskets
2 valve cover gaskets with o-rings
1 egr valve gasket
3 new heater hoses
Thermostat and gasket
small tube of black rtv for the valve cover gaskets (just the corners on each side of the camshaft)

Optional items
upper and lower radiator hoses
Timing belt
timing belt tensioner
water pump
Camshaft seals


Be aware he's going to have about 20 hours in it if he's never performed the head gasket job before.
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Old 02-13-07, 12:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think I've mentioned what happens when you use non-OEM head gaskets quite a few times. You can read what I've said here: Head gasket brands
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Ok cool, i will definetly go with OEM. So in that note has anyone heard of the brand "Ishino"? Its supposed to be OEM from this parts website i found.
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I've used Felpro twice(different cars) with no problems. $35 each.
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I've used Felpro twice(different cars) with no problems. $35 each.

I used a Felpro gasket set on a Legend I sold a long time ago, and he's been running the shit out of it for about 40,000 miles. No problems.

The entire gasket set from Felpro cost me about $235 from Advance Auto Parts.

My own car? OEM.
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That same set now costs $299 at Autozone. My local Parts Plus store was able to buy me just the headgaskets for $31 each(Felpro). I didnt buy the "set" this time as I had some left over from the first one. I did buy the valve cover set.
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Here's what you have to have to get a head gasket job done.

2 head gaskets
2 intake manifold gaskets
2 exhaust manifold gaskets
2 valve cover gaskets with o-rings
1 egr valve gasket
3 new heater hoses
Thermostat and gasket
small tube of black rtv for the valve cover gaskets (just the corners on each side of the camshaft)

Optional items
upper and lower radiator hoses
Timing belt
timing belt tensioner
water pump
Camshaft seals


Be aware he's going to have about 20 hours in it if he's never performed the head gasket job before.
just what i needed to know...i love this forum!
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Hey guys, I'm like'n the knowledge it these forums. I'm not an owner of a Legend yet. But I will be as soon as my present car craps out on me. I want a GS.

Anyways, to my question. If the care I am looking at had a blown head gasket. And has been replaced with the OEM parts, is it worth buying? I'm hearing from some people that once you blow it the engine is only going to give you about 50k miles or so before you have to fix it again. Any truth to that?
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I'm currently doing a 91 HG and plan on using the combination of the EBAY kit/individual Felpro gaskets for the heads.

I'm curious - why the suggestion to replace the three heater hoses? Mine do not look too bad @ 125k miles.
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I'm currently doing a 91 HG and plan on using the combination of the EBAY kit/individual Felpro gaskets for the heads.

I'm curious - why the suggestion to replace the three heater hoses? Mine do not look too bad @ 125k miles.
Why??? My BHG is the direct result of a bursted heater hose (the lower one). I couln't even see the leak, it was on one of the clamps lower side, it was hell finding it. Trust me, you want to change those hoses if you're putting in new head gaskets. I'm even thinking of putting in a new radiator, i dont want to take any chances.
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I'm currently doing a 91 HG and plan on using the combination of the EBAY kit/individual Felpro gaskets for the heads.

I'm curious - why the suggestion to replace the three heater hoses? Mine do not look too bad @ 125k miles.
You've got to do it right the first time, or don't do it at all. Heater hoses cost $68. You do not want to do a head gasket job on the same car twice.
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i would agree, something had to of caused the head gasket to fail find the problem or change everthing
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