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Posted By fire_N_ice,
Jul 2, 2009 at 8:52 PM
We decided to fix the car and either sell it or give to family member. Thanks again!
most you guys out there changing head gaskets multiple times do what the old diesel mechanics used to do. along with changing the gasket replace the head bolts also. sometimes they stretch and can be the reason why the next gasket goes. also if it is a very small leak try re-torquing the head if it stops your ahead of game if the bolts are all loose change them all. one at a time. it works. sometimes and your only out a couple of hours and a valve cover gasket.
Always change out OEM bolts - If you have studs, you can get away with reuse a couple of times but bolts need to be changed every time. Been there, done it and put new gaskets in until I ponied up for new bolts.
Most of the OEM head bolts are torqued right up to the yeild point and the gasket fails because the bolts stretch (aluminum expands faster than steel!)