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.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!!!!
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!
Just in case my HG ever blows, what do you mean by all this, where do you take your engine to have this done?LegendC said: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.
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 $750 + tax. They also cleaned up the heads to a brand new finish. I will let you know how everything feels once my car "breaks in" again ~500 miles for the valves to re-adjust themselves. I also need to get a bolt/stud fixed on the exhaust manifold by the precats....I was very pleased to have my baby up and running again after almost a week w/o her.SpeedDemon said:Just in case my HG ever blows, what do you mean by all this, where do you take your engine to have this done?
~135K for me, Its usually the same cylinder for just about all Legends, #3 the back most on the passenger side. My buddies uncle had his 94 Coupe go out at the same milage. It seems to be dependant on the faulty radiator as well. If you don't get that fixed right away it seems to lead to the HG troubles down the line.DSCLegend94 said:Is the headgasket a common problem in Legends? For those of you with blown headgaskets, at how many miles did this occurr?
First time it blew was at 120k miles, #3 cylinder and now again at 170k miles. I will be doing the work on it soon.DSCLegend94 said:Is the headgasket a common problem in Legends? For those of you with blown headgaskets, at how many miles did this occurr?
Exactly what I said when it started overheating with a new radiator, radiator cap, and everything in good shape. Actually what I said was more like "$#@% @$#@% [email protected]#@#% ! $#@! %!$ headgasket $#@[email protected]%$!#$#@! [email protected]!$#@ [email protected] $#!$# !"theGodfather said:You already blew it twice? Geeez... Is it worth getting the Paeco copper head gaskets which they claim are unblowable?