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x3roman said:
Is it even possible to drive my car?
Yes it's possible, some people doesn't even know if they blown a gasket. But you car should overheat constantly
 

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F**K!!!!

I took it to the Acura Dealership and they said my Water Pump was messed up and that my head gasket was blown. I made a thread earlier today called Temp Gauge is Trippin, and I took the car in the same day (today) the service rep quoted me $2500 and said that driving it in the condition it's in would make things worse.... should I trust this??? SHould I get a second opinion?? Idon't want to mess my car up any more..... help!!!!
 

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you should go to an independent mechanic preferably a acura/honda specialist and get their opinion. if it is a headgasket it will be expensive but the dealerships always charge way to much.
 

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Re: F**K!!!!

x3roman said:
I took it to the Acura Dealership and they said my Water Pump was messed up and that my head gasket was blown. I made a thread earlier today called Temp Gauge is Trippin, and I took the car in the same day (today) the service rep quoted me $2500 and said that driving it in the condition it's in would make things worse.... should I trust this??? SHould I get a second opinion?? Idon't want to mess my car up any more..... help!!!!
Look at your other threat "Temp Gauge is Trippin" I made a lengthy reply. It's sort of a How-To Drive your Legend with a Blown Headgasket :) I've been driving mine with a busted gasket now for about a month and plan on doing so for about another month when I can afford to fix it properly.
 

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here's a list of everything that needs to be done

-- Water Pump leaking >> replace
-- Timing Belt over due >> Replace
-- All engine belts need to be changed >> replace
-- Both head gaskets are blown >> replace
-- Cylinder heads check

grand total >> $2783

all i gots to say is gosh darn it
 

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I've been driving with a blown HG for about 2 -3 months now. I'm in the same boat where I cannot really afford to fix this right now so I'm pro-longing it by doing exactly what NickD described in the other thread he mentioned. When I read it I was like "damn.. that's exactly what I do".

The only difference I just realized is someitmes I run the engine for 30 mins with the bleeder valve and rad-cap open, where I get the fans to come on a few times, and u should see the coolant gushing out of the bleeder valve and that's when i close it. As I'm doing this I also squeeze bouth of my rad hoses every now and then, you should see the bubbles coming out of the rad from where you pour the coolant in!

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Hey G,

If you want to save a lot of money but can do with out your car for about 2 weeks, I know some really good mechanics who will do the job for you for under $1000.00 bucks... When my head gasket blew, I took it there and they charged me $500 for the HG (they had to get it directly from Acura, that's the most expensive part) and $400.00 for labour. Mind out, these guys are really great mechanics but they take their time doing the job so if you want, I'll give you their # and you can call and inquire your self.
Email me at [email protected]

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SaGe69

theGodfather said:
I've been driving with a blown HG for about 2 -3 months now. I'm in the same boat where I cannot really afford to fix this right now so I'm pro-longing it by doing exactly what NickD described in the other thread he mentioned. When I read it I was like "damn.. that's exactly what I do".

The only difference I just realized is someitmes I run the engine for 30 mins with the bleeder valve and rad-cap open, where I get the fans to come on a few times, and u should see the coolant gushing out of the bleeder valve and that's when i close it. As I'm doing this I also squeeze bouth of my rad hoses every now and then, you should see the bubbles coming out of the rad from where you pour the coolant in!

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I just got finished replacing my headgasket, what a pain. It cost me $1500 to have a private mechanic do the work. The complete gasket kit is $350 (at cost) and he has put over 12 hours into the project. I also took the liberty of having the heads Ported and a 3 angle valve job dones while the heads were off. With all new belts and a water pump you should only be looking at an additional $300-400 bucks, the motor is alreay torn down to that point so you might as well have the work done.
 
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I just got finished replacing my headgasket, what a pain. It cost me $1500 to have a private mechanic do the work. The complete gasket kit is $350 (at cost) and he has put over 12 hours into the project. I also took the liberty of having the heads Ported and a 3 angle valve job dones while the heads were off. With all new belts and a water pump you should only be looking at an additional $300-400 bucks, the motor is alreay torn down to that point so you might as well have the work done.
Just in case my HG ever blows, what do you mean by all this, where do you take your engine to have this done?
 

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Just in case my HG ever blows, what do you mean by all this, where do you take your engine to have this done?
Ive posted this several times under different HG posts, but I am more than willing to share my experience. Look for a local machine shop. They don't even have to be import only specialists, in fact the people who did my work were oldscool V8 builders. The heads usually have to be at least resurfaced to be flat again and get a good seal. I had a 3 angle valve job which regrinds the vavles and the valve seat to get better airflow and so the valves seat as tight as they did stock. At the same time I had the intake and exhaust ports opened up a little and smoothed. This is all standard headwork that any machine shop would have no problem doing. My personal mechanic happens to have a business licence and has perferred shops so they gave me the "homie hookup" and only chaged me $520 when it would have been over $750 + tax. They also cleaned up the heads to a brand new finish. I will let you know how everything feels once my car "breaks in" again ~500 miles for the valves to re-adjust themselves. I also need to get a bolt/stud fixed on the exhaust manifold by the precats....I was very pleased to have my baby up and running again after almost a week w/o her. :D
 

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DSCLegend94 said:
Is the headgasket a common problem in Legends? For those of you with blown headgaskets, at how many miles did this occurr?
~135K for me, Its usually the same cylinder for just about all Legends, #3 the back most on the passenger side. My buddies uncle had his 94 Coupe go out at the same milage. It seems to be dependant on the faulty radiator as well. If you don't get that fixed right away it seems to lead to the HG troubles down the line.
 

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DSCLegend94 said:
Is the headgasket a common problem in Legends? For those of you with blown headgaskets, at how many miles did this occurr?
First time it blew was at 120k miles, #3 cylinder and now again at 170k miles. I will be doing the work on it soon.

I have pictures available of the blown headgasket along with the necessary work to be done to replace it.

Engine Rebuild

I have this picture of the blown headgasket, on the engine rebuild link above I have a pictures of the backside of the headgasket.

 

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You already blew it twice? Geeez... Is it worth getting the Paeco copper head gaskets which they claim are unblowable?

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You already blew it twice? Geeez... Is it worth getting the Paeco copper head gaskets which they claim are unblowable?

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Exactly what I said when it started overheating with a new radiator, radiator cap, and everything in good shape. Actually what I said was more like "$#@% @$#@% [email protected]#@#% ! $#@! %!$ headgasket $#@[email protected]%$!#$#@! [email protected]!$#@ [email protected] $#!$# !"

But anyway... When I redo the headgasket, again, I will be using some type of copper headgasket. I don't know if I am going with Peaco ones or if I will have one custom made at a machine shop. I did some web work for this machine shop in my area that does excellent work and he owes me one :D

This last headgasket lasted a massive 50k miles :mad: and trust me, I am thoroughly pissed off. But to put a positive twist on this I have a backup car now, which I did not have last time I did the job so I can take my time. I will be re-porting everything, going bigger this time. I am getting my heads rebuilt, gonna try and get larger valves, some custom cam work... I better stop, these unpure thoughts are innapropriate at work... :D
 

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Damn, I feel for you brother.

I have always look at your threads and feel a connection cause you have some mods that I want on my 95 LS 6spd - but shi~ate - your going through some bad karma right now. I fear the headgasket issue and know that perhaps it is just a matter of time before I am in that predicament.

Do you believe that any of your mods contributed to the headgasket failure, cause I'm right with you.

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and in a couple days...my bayou chip

I am in the middle of a clutchmasters stage II clutch swap. and merely working on the exhaust is a BIG FAT GREASY BI~ATCH.

LegendC, those nuts that secure the pre-cats are a big problem. Tonight I will go to Loes or Home Depot and get a propane torch to heat the nuts up before I blast them with 400lbs air gun. I can imagine that if you brake one of the studs... then the "Y" pipe and pre-cat is going to have to come off again at bare minimum... to gain access to the studs from the exhaust manifold so that you can drill and tap.

Good luck! All I know is that I'm praying those nuts come off my manifold studs - cause I'm getting frustrated!
 

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I just got my head gaskets done for 1500 with new timing belt. i took it to a honda/acura dealer they told me 2 grand will do it but we all know they charge extra. so i took my babylegend to certified private mechanic which was my bros gfs dads place. he changed every little thing that was wrong with the engine for no extra price, the timing belt he did it for half the price, the timing belt was not in bad shape but i did it because its cheaper to do it when the head gaskets are gettin repaired. good luck man oh yeah did i say i got $200 back bc my bros gf got commision so she gave it to me :D
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