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Old 01-22-07, 09:43 PM   #31 (permalink)
 
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With JDM engines available for less than $1,000, why not just get one of those and replace the motor? I don't know what the emissions situation is. I would rather put a motor in than do a head gasket job, this being from someone scared to death of doing it on a V motor. 4 cylinders are easy!
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Old 01-22-07, 10:00 PM   #32 (permalink)
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And this is a totally free fix. Be sure to use a bar type torque wrench as the repair manual recommends and NOT a click type torque wrench. And retorque the bolts in the proper order.
Is the bar type more accurate? I've got numerous clickers and no bar wrench and am wondering why the bar is not recommended? It's been great for everything else I've used it for.....
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Supposedly the bar is more accurate. I don't know. I guess I don't trust the cheap clickers too much, but with the really good ones I don't see what the problem would be.
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Supposedly the bar is more accurate. I don't know. I guess I don't trust the cheap clickers too much, but with the really good ones I don't see what the problem would be.

Hmm. I've got Craftsman torque wrenches, so I hope that would be good enough...
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Old 01-23-07, 08:26 AM   #35 (permalink)
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My Matco clicker torque wrench has been awesome so far. Let us know how the retorque goes. Mine was way too far gone to help it.
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Old 01-24-07, 10:07 AM   #36 (permalink)
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So far I would say that the retorque has not helped the problem. Still loosing coolant, lots of steam out the exaust until it warms up.
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Very sure there is no leak, didn't steam like this before, coolant smell.
Haven't had the coolant checked for CO.
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Here's what I did before. put a pressure tester on the radiator. Pump it up to about 15-20 psi. Wait a few minutes and see if it drops. Note if it does drop and how long it takes.

pump it back up to the same amount as last time, then put the engine at top dead center of cylinder #3, and remove the plug. Note how much it drops and how long it takes. Do the same thing for cylinder #6.

That might help, It worked for me one time while diagnosing.
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I borrowed a radiator pressure tester last weekend and pumped it up to 16lbs and it would slowly bleed down to around 12. I started it up with the tester connected and the needle didn't jump around.
Wish I would have thought about removing plug 3 and 6 like you said. Thats a good idea.
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Along those same lines- if you put a leakdown tester on the cylinder, would 100#s of pressure be enough to see bubbles in the radiator, or would the air get trapped somewhere before you could see it?
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It just kept getting worse so I decided to go ahead a start the headgasket replacment. I 've got it torn down, cleaned up and ready to go back together.
This time I decided to buy only the gaskets I need instead of the gasket set. I had some problems locating the headgaskets but I should have them by 10 am.
It was the #3 cylinder(passenger side rear) again. The piston in that cylinder is very clean and all the other cylinders are dirty like they are supposed to be.

I got it apart a little faster this time as I new a few shortcuts that I learned on the first one. It's still a pain in the butt anyway you look at it.
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6. Starting to notice excessive steam from exaust. Still have the goo on the cap.
I've always had steam come out from my exhaust. Even in the summer, I have some steam and some water drips down from the exhaust. Is this something I should be worried about? I thought steam was a sign of a healthy engine?

I'm sorry for your troubles. I wish you the best, sir.
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steam is fine(just normal condensation), as long as its not thick.
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As long as your not loosing coolant a little steam/condensation is normal. Mine got so bad a friend said it looked like I was spraying for mosquitos.
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I finished the HG job last Saturday. It took me a little more than a week to do it this time so I cut the job in half. I've been driving it to work this week and so far it's running good.
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