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97 Chevrolet Cavalier Head Gasket Repair?
I Bought A 97 Cavalier When My Taxes Came Back This Year It Needed A New Radiator Upon Replacing That I Have Put A New Radiator Hoses Also, However Now I Need To Replace The Head Gasket. I Have Never Done This Before Would Anyone Know Where To Find The Information Needed To Replace This Like How To Torque The Head Back On. It Is The 2.2L 4Cylinder. Please Help..
Relieve the fuel system pressure. Refer to Fuel Pressure Relief Procedure .
Disconnect the negative battery cable. Refer to
Caution: Unless directed otherwise, the ignition and start switch must be in the OFF or LOCK position, and all electrical loads must be OFF before servicing any electrical component. Disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent an electrical spark should a tool or equipment come in contact with an exposed electrical terminal. Failure to follow these precautions may result in personal injury and/or damage to the vehicle or its components.

in General Information.
Remove the air cleaner outlet duct.
Disconnect the vacuum lines.

Disconnect the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor (ECT) electrical connection.

Disconnect the Oxygen Sensor (O2S) electrical connection.

Disconnect the IAC electrical connection.
Disconnect the Throttle Position Sensor (TP) electrical connection.

Disconnect the MAP electrical connection.

Disconnect the EVAP Canister Purge Solenoid electrical connection.
Disconnect the injector harness electrical connection.
Remove the following cables from the accelerator control bracket:
• The accelerator control

• The cruise control

• The TV

Remove the accelerator control bracket.
Raise the vehicle. Refer to SECTION 0A.
Remove the exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold.
Drain and recover the coolant. Refer to Coolant Replacement in Engine Cooling.
Lower the vehicle.
Remove the drive belt. Refer to Drive Belt Replacement .
Remove the generator rear brace.
Remove the generator. Refer to Generator Replacement in Engine Electrical.
Remove the power steering pump. Position the pump aside with the lines attached. Refer to SECTION 3B.
Install the J 28467-360 . Use a bolt installed in the engine block to attach the engine support fixture.
Remove the drive belt tensioner bracket. Refer to Drive Belt Tensioner Replacement .
Disconnect the secondary ignition wires from the spark plugs.
Remove the EVAP canister purge line beneath manifold.
Disconnect the upper radiator hose from the coolant outlet.
Disconnect the heater hose from the coolant outlet.
Remove the nut attaching the automatic transmission filler tube to the intake manifold.
Disconnect the fuel lines. Refer to Fuel Hose and Pipes (Engine Compartment Fuel Pipes) .
Remove the valve rocker arm cover. Refer to Valve Rocker Arm Cover Replacement .
Important: When removing valve train components keep them in order. Do this to ensure that the components are installed in the same locations and with the same mating surfaces as when removed.

Remove the rocker arms. Refer to Valve Rocker Arm, Push Rod, and Stud Replacement .
Remove the pushrods. Refer to Valve Rocker Arm, Push Rod, and Stud Replacement .

Remove the cylinder head bolts.
Remove the cylinder head.
Clean the following components:
• Head gasket surface

• Valve rocker arm cover gasket surface

• Threads.

Pry the connecting rod back and forth with a suitable tool.
Inspect the rod for binding.
Loosen and tighten the bearing cap if necessary.
Installation Procedure
Tools Required
J 36660-A Torque Angle Meter.

Important: Install the cylinder head gasket with the words THIS SIDE UP showing. Do not use sealer on the gasket.

Install the cylinder head gasket to the block.
Use a socket in order to push the cylinder head gasket over the rear dowel pin.

Carefully guide the cylinder head into place over the dowel pins. This operation may require an assistant.

Install the cylinder head bolts by hand.

Important: Use J 36660-A in order to tighten all the cylinder head bolts an additional 90 degrees in sequence.

Use the following sequence in order to tighten the cylinder head bolts:
Tighten

Tighten bolt 1 to 63 N·m (46 lb ft).
Tighten bolt 2 to 58 N·m (43 lb ft).
Tighten bolt 3 to 58 N·m (43 lb ft).
Tighten bolt 4 to 63 N·m (46 lb ft).
Tighten bolt 5 to 63 N·m (46 lb ft).
Tighten bolt 6 to 58 N·m (43 lb ft).
Tighten bolt 7 to 58 N·m (43 lb ft).
Tighten bolt 8 to 63 N·m (46 lb ft).
Tighten bolt 9 to 63 N·m (46 lb ft).
Tighten bolt 10 (stud bolt) to 58 N·m (43 lb ft).
Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.

Install the rocker arms. Refer to Valve Rocker Arm, Push Rod, and Stud Replacement .
Install the

Chevy 327 Head Gasket Repair Cost.?
How Much Would It Cost For A Mechanic To Put In A Head Gasket In A 327 In A 71 Gmc 1500 Custom?
If you’re going to bother changing a head gasket it pays big dividends to have the head checked for flatness and re-machined if necessary. This will add another $65.00 to the bill. If you intend on keeping the truck the valve stem to guide clearance should be checked.

It’s going to kill six hours to do the job as he will need to clean off the old intake manifold gaskets. I hate to disagree with the other prices but it’s going to cost closer to $400. -$600. for labor costs if the guides are good and head is flat.

Has Anyone Tried Those Liquid Head Gasket Repairs?
I Have A Very Small Oil Leak In My 2003 Subaru Legacy And The Mechanic Said It Was A Head Gasket Leak (A $1600 Repair!!). I Have Been Looking Into The Liquid Head Gasket Repair Products (Like Blue Devil And Steel Seal) And Was Just Wondering If Anyone Had Any Experience With These Products. I Am Not Really Concerned With How Well They Work But More With The Fear That They Might Completely Mess Up My Engine. Can Anyone Give Me Any Info On These Products?
This question is asked by other members from time to time and the answer is a big NO! It’s a simple fact and I do not care how well anybody defending the issue or having any good use of any of those products???

This was my answer last week for the same question:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?…

The first fact is as an owner of two repair shops and being in the field for the last four decades repairing any vehicle for a happy living. Does anyone know that how many vehicle we’ve replaced the radiator, the heater core, plugged up small cooling passages for thing like the idle control valve or such similarity passages? A “Leak fix” bottle or anything claims that it will fix coolant leak, transmission leak, engine oil leak, head gasket leak etc.. NONE of them work! Period! The only thing work is your hard earned green stick out two tiny legs and “Pooofffhhh”: It’s gone. Best advertizing ever!

Oh! It’ll cost you $1000 to repair your vehicle, give me $50 and I’ll fix it. ;0(

Okay so the principle is the “Magic” liquid go into a system and by the heat from the engine’s combustion cycle, the chemical reaction takes place and it seal off whatever the leak at. A whole bunch of BS.

Let say in your case: A leaking head gasket, alright? Pour the amazing liquid into the cooling system: Stop and think about it: The compression of your engine is at least 100 Psi (Constantly pressurized pressure while the engine is running) the cooling system is about 15-19 Lbs. depend on the cap or the OEM system set up. So what will happen? Common sense people! There is no correct application for it.

People afraid to say the wrong thing and end up being sued. I’ve spoken based on my experiences in the trade. A product, either it works or it won’t work. You, as a consumer has made a wrong choice and will bear the consequences.

There are plentiful information on the WWW and from people who has uploaded their video on the web, this is one among them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76GpMD4LI…

Hope I’ve answered the question or at least given you some idea. Leaking head gasket? $1600 is high to me but a bottle that may cost up to $55 won’t be a solution.

Edit: According to AutoMd.com the cost for a head gasket replacement on you Legacy is between $540-$650 including engine oil and coolant replacement. The price depend on dealer or repair shop. Get on www.AutoMD.com and see for yourself or you can call around shop for the price. HTH.

Head Gasket Repair????
I Just Wanna Know How Much It Costs To Fix It? I Know A Mechanic Charges More But How Much? How Much Will It Cost If You Do It On Your Own?
it would just cost you the price of buying the head gasket plus the intake manifold gasket and your time. would be best to rember the sequence and torque setting for your head bolts and intake bolts. would include 2 head gaskets and all intake gaskets, front and back and both sides on a chevy or any GM engine.

Blown Head Gasket Repair?
I Have Been Having A Lot Of Cooling System Problems And The Latest Is That Firestone Told Me That They Did A&Quot; Block Test Engine For Head Gasket&Quot; That Failed And Now It Will Cost At Least $1000 And Several Days To Repair. I Have Heard That There’S Some Good Products On The Marked To Fix Blown Head Gaskets Without Pulling Off The Heads. Has Anyone Tried This And What Was The Result? Thanks For Your Help. Also This Is An 01 Ford Taurus Ohv 3.0 Engine.
If the head gasket is really blown, there is no chance of fixing it with a magic potion. I know Marvel Mystery Oil fixes everything, but head gaskets are special.

The head gasket is a precision product, engineered and constructed to perform a very tough task, sealing two complex metal surfaces together against extreme heat and pressure. All the cooling water passes through the head gasket, and the complete force of your engine is sealed by the head gasket.

The questions you could ask would be

1. What is leaking: coolant, or compression?

If it’s coolant, they may be able to show you bubbles of engine gas coming up in the radiator when the cap is removed. (Do not remove the cap when the engine is hot!) If this is the problem, waiting may make the repair MUCH more expensive.

Otherwise, they should be able to show you coolant leaking out of the engine.

If it’s compression, what cylinder failed the compression test?

2. Either way, If it’s a vee (e.g. V-6) engine, which head are they talking about?

In any case, $1000 is a pretty good price for this job.

scott

Head Gasket Repair?
I Had Recently Slid My Bike Going About 15Mph, I Didn’T Really Think That It Could Have Done Too Much Internal Damage But Now Whenever The Engine Is Run For More Than 5 Minutes, White Smoke Comes Out Of The Right Side Exhaust. Most People Are Telling Me That It’S A Cracked Head Gasket And Tell Me It’S Quite Costly. My Bike Is A 1987 Yamaha Fzx700 With Low Miles For Its Year And In Otherwise Great Shape….Probably Worth ~$1,800. How Much Would It Cost To Fix The Head Gasket And Is It Even Worth It At This Point?
Is your bike water cooled? If so, white smoke could certainly be the result of coolant leaking into the cylinder. By the way, laying the bike down wouldn’t have anything to do with the gasket leaking. And a cracked head forces combustion pressure into the radiator which causes it to overflow or the radiator to swell up like a poisoned pup.

Try loosening the radiator cap so that it doesn’t build pressure in the coolant system and try running it then. If there’s no smoke, then it probably is the head gasket leaking. Even if it doesn’t, try retorquing the cylinder head first. Be sure to use a torque wrench so that you don’t strip any studs. The torque specs are probably for a cold engine, but if at all possible, warm it up first before torquing the head. I’ve found that evenly torqued head bolts often end up being unevenly torqued when the engine is hot. If that doesn’t work, then you might replace the head gasket with a new one.

1997 Subaru Head Gasket Repair?
I Need To Replace The Head Gasket On My Car, It Overheated And The Head Gasket Blew Out. I’M Actually Not Sure If The Head Gasket Blew And Overheated Everything Else, Or If The Car Overheated And Blew The Head Gasket, Because I’Ve Read Of Head Gasket Problems In The Car. Irregardless, My Car Needs A New A Head Gasket, So I Need To Know What Tools I Need To Repair It. Model: Subaru Legacy, Sedan Year: 1997 Engine: V-4, I Believe A Boxer Type Engine 4 Wheel Drive, Automatic Transmission What I Need To Know Is Exactly What I Am Going To Need To Replace The Head Gasket, Probably From Someone Who Has Replaced A Head Gasket In A Subaru Before. I Am Aware That It Is Going To Be A Lot Of Work So If That’S All You Can Tell Me I Am Already Aware. What I Know I Need So Far, (I’M Pretty Sure From What I’Ve Read At Least) 14Mm, 12 Pt Wrench Head A Torque Wrench- (I Could Use Some Suggestion On The Foot Pounds I Need) A New Head Gasket (Obviously) I Was Just Wondering If There Was Anything Else I Should Have Before I Get Started, I Don’T Want To Run Into Some Problem That Requires Me To Get A Tool Offline, While I Have My Engine Sitting In Around In 30 Pieces In My Garage, If This Can Be Avoided. Thanks For Any Suggestions. I’Ll Try My Best To Promptly Select A Best Answer.
I owned a 1988 Impreza and now a 2008. I just love that opposing 4 boxer engine.

I also blew a head gasket, a problem, not unusual for those years. The inefficiency has since been rectified.
My experience, and I want to sound inflexible, to have any one but a trained Subaru technician do the replacement is asking for a pile of trouble.

I have always maintained/serviced the eight cars I have owned up to the 1998.

Boxer 4’s are a very different engines, that need the knowledgeable touch,

Subaru repaired the problem (reground the head) as well as replaced the gasket. With that,came a 10,000km, or 6000mile guarantee on any engine problem.

The single: timing, water pump, power brake, air conditioning belt and tensioner system was enough for me to send the car to a certified technician at Subaru.

If my experience doesn’t work, The Haynes Repair Manual for the Subaru Legacy and Forester,
provides a step by step set of instruction.

Please don’t forget to solve the problem…have the head checked to see if it needs to be reground.

Honda Head Gasket Repair A Diy Job?
1995 Prelude, Water In Oil. Very Shade Tree, Fair Weather Mech.
It’s a stretch. Standard practice is to replace the timing belt (which has to come off the head) at the same time and getting the crank bolt loose to replace the belt is tough. The first source has a good write-up on that subject.

As for the head itself, most of it fits my observation that Honda cars are like onions or ogres – they are in layers (and can make you cry). Most of what you need to get to is accessible enough if you move other things out of the way. You will need a good selection of tools or the patience to buy the tools you need as you go along. One of the tools you need is a torque wrench, another is a good guide. Helm is very good but Haynes is adequate.

However, I am struck that the only symptom you mention is water in the oil. This time of year in the Northern hemisphere that is often just normal condensation, especially in a 16 year old car. If you are not losing coolant – having to refill several times a week – the head gasket is not doing that. A much more common head gasket failure is from combustion chamber to the coolant passages. That is simple enough to check. When the engine is cold, remove the radiator cap and start the car. Pinch closed the hose that leads from the radiator to the reservoir and put the palm of your hand over the radiator neck where the cap was. If you feel steadily rising pressure within five seconds that is bad news for the head gasket. If not, drink beer while watching TV instead of while taking your engine apart.

If A Blown Head Gasket Repaired What Problems Might This Cause Afterwards?
Head gasket separates the cooling fluid from entering the engine oil flow passages. Your answer would be nothing since the head gasket would most likely fatigue when the engine is hot your fluids are not as hot as the engine gets but are hot so there is no damage to the engine, however if you over heated the engine due to cooling then there could be warped components or worn rings, but if it never over heated there should be no problem after you repair it. Do flush your cooling and replace with with new fluid. Water and Oil don’t mix so even in the engine water will sit above the oil and when it flows to lubricate it would just flow less oil, which is not crucial if you take it easy on your vehicle but if you see white or blue smoke coming out of your tail pipe and push it harder than you are asking for trouble. NO worries fix and go GOOD LUCK>

Head Gasket Leak Repair Cost On A 1988 Honda Accord?
Just Wondering What The Cost Is. It Leaks Oil Onto My Engine, Which Causes It To Produce Minor White Smoke. I Took It To A Mechanic And He Said It’S Fine, I Just Need To Watch The Oil Levels. The Smoke Is Annoying Though. How Much Is It To Fix And Is It Worth Fixing? I Have A 1988 Honda Accord With 122,000 Miles. Thanks In Advance!
the gasket its self is about 20-30bucks labor at a shop non dealer is starting at 250-500 bucks then you have to look at it the head is warped which it fixed by geting it decked. If its cracked it can be welded back up from a machine shop but wont last for ever in most cases. Then you have to get new head bolts but i perfer head studs. Because they wont back off as easy as head bolts. Now that is if it is the head gasket could be a piston ring. leaky valve seat, valve cover. ect But if it wear me i would put oil in it and drive there is an old theory behind cars and a leaking oil most will last a realy long time as long as you keep oil in it and try to maintain it. but if its not the valve cover you may try the head gasket they arent super hard to do at all. best of luck to ya
How Hard Would A Head Gasket Repair Be?
Im Wondering How Hard It Would Be To Change A Head Gasket On A 1995 Honda Civic Would I Be Able To Do It In My Driveway? Or Should I Let A Train Mechanic Do It? How Much Would It Cost For Just The Head Gasket And How Much Would The Garage Charge.
You can do it yourself for about $200 in parts + about $40 to resurface the head at a machine shop. It would be a good learning experience. You’ll also be learning about replacing the timing belt and wter pump. If you’ve never done it before, expect it to take you a week or so and you’ll most likey screw something up and have to take it all apart again. I’mnot discouraging you. The learning experience is well worth it.

You’ll need a head gasket kit. The kit comes with several other gaskets that should be replaced during the job. You’ll also need a timing belt kit and water pump. Since you have to remove the timing belt to remove the head, you may as well replace the timing belt, water pump, tensioner pulley, idler pulley crank seal and cam seal. There aren’t many special tools you’ll need, other than a torque wrench, feeler gauges and seal puller.

A shop will charge $800 to $1000 to do it RIGHT. A quick and dirty job might cost $500, but I’d only take the quick and dirty if I’m selling the car immediately after.

Repairing Head Gasket?
On A 306. What If Anything Should I Bare In Mind While Preforming This Repair? Im Buying A Kit Off Ebay. All Good Yeah?
A new head gasket will not do you a bit of good unless you take the cylinder-head to an automotive engine machine shop and have it checked for flatness. If it isn’t, they’ll machine it perfectly flat so your gasket repair will be a success.

I don’t gave a clue what a 306 engine is but unless the gaskets have a Fel-pro name on them I wouldn’t touch it!

Can You Suggest A Head Gasket Repair Product That Has Worked For You In The Past?
I Don’T Have The $1200 To Invest In My $2500 1997 Saturn Sl2.
The only head gasket repair that works is a new head gasket. If the head gasket is blown, then the head is probably warped and will have to be milled to bring it back to shape. If someone is quoting you $1200 for a head job, then look at a salvage yard engine. If you have a good shade tree mechanic you can trust, the salvage yard engine is probably the cheapest way to go.

Don’t accept advice on additives to correct your problem. They only work a short time if at all and will leave you stranded.

Leaking Head Gasket? How Much To Repair?
I Have A Leaking Head Gasket On Pontiac Granprix 2002. They Told It Will Cost 1000 Bucks Should I Do It? They Said Something About Pontiac If Something Wasn’T Melted It Would Cost 800? What Should I Do I Need A Vehicle?
Those GM V6’s are probably misdiagnosed as head gaskets more than any other vehicle.. The Lower intake gaskets mix oil and Coolant when they go. And thanks to GM’s dexicool eating the rubber a very high percentage of them go. And other technical service bulletin is dust gets into the coolant overflow tank through a leaky cap and over time a brownish paste gets into the coolant. The price tells me they are thinking of doing just one head and reusing the intake gasket. If it’s not ‘melted’ . Both heads should be done because if one has blown it’s a safe bet the other it right behind it.

Buick Head Gasket Cost To Repair At Car Dealership?
A Relative Of Mine Is Taking A 1997 Buick Lesabre V – 6 To A Buick Dealership In Kentucky For Repair. Pretty Sure They Will Say A New Head Gasket Is Necessary. How Much Will It Cost ? (I Know An Independent Garage Would Charge A Lot Less $$$, But This Relative Is Determined To Get The Repair Done At The Dealership)
Here is the problem when getting a estimate for a head gasket. What happened to the car. Why is the head gastket bad. If the car over heated there is a good chance the aluminum head is cracked and even better chance that it is worped. There you get into more money having to machine the head back true (straight). If it is cracked depending on where and how bad some can be fixed but not recommended. It is recommended to replace with new or reman. Now here is what you will run into. I own a shop and get a few customers that have gotten shafted by smaller independent shops. An shop can tell you what they want you to know. They don’t have to show you reciepts showing you what they bought for your car. The dealership is alot more honest. I hate to say that because I run a independent shop but it is the truth and we all get the bad name because of it. But to let you know, We all are not bad. An independent shop can do the work alot cheaper that a dealer can, because we use different parts, and charge alot less on labor. On this job you are looking in the range of 600-1000.00 at independent and 900-1500 at a dealer. Hope this helps.

Head Gasket Repair?
Ok I Have A 97 Dodge Avenger 2.5 6 Cylinders, And Its Smoking White Gas From The Exhaust When I Accelerate. And Im Going To Try To Send It To A Mechanic To Check If That Is The Problem, (Which Im Sure It Is) And So He Can Fix It. How Much Do You Think Will Be The Price Of All This ? Any Ideas On How Much Im Expecting To Pay To Get It Fixed. I Know Some Mechanics That Just Want Your Money And Dont Even Care About You.. Any Ideas.
i just had my head gasket repaired….to check if that is what it is look on your oil dipsticks if it is milki then its the gasket and i payed a guyed 300 to do it but the gasket set costed 200 and the shop i called wanted 1400

Can A Blown Head Gasket Be Repaired And If So How Much?
Yes…head gaskets are repairable. The problem is that most of the time the blown gasket is a symptom and not the problem. For example, often a faulty cooling system will cause the engine to overheat and this blows the head gasket. Also, a “V” shaped engine has two head gaskets and an inline engine only has one. My estimate would be $500-$1500 depending on what the actual cause of the blown head gasket is. Hope this helps!!

Blown Head Gasket Repair Easy Fix?
Info On Vehicle Is Not Important. How Do I Use A Head Gast Sealant If My Vehicle Will Crank But Not Run.
Why do people such as yourself, leave the most important part of the question out? Year, make and model of the car is needed to judge weather any home mechanic should tackle the project. There are necessary steps to take after the head is off and before the new gasket and head and head is bolted back on to make the job successful.

Head gasket sealant in a can is a joke.

How Well Does Those Head Gasket Liquid Repair Stuff Work?
I Don’T Have Much Faith In Them But I Never Used Them Either. Is There A Brand Better Then The Rest? Thanks.
you are right not to have faith in them, they are a temporary,emergency fix to get you down the road to your repair shop.if wonder cures(thats what i call em)worked,they wouldnt make expensive repair parts.
that said, alum-seal isnt to bad,but will plug the radiator if more than the required dose is used(most will).my favorite is named k-w block sealer. if that doesnt hold, nothing will.it isnt conveniant to use.after treatment, youve got to drain and refill cooling system.
myself i wont use them except to get home without burning down my plant.ill just change out the gasket and be done with it, however i do have a nicely equipped shop and i am able to fix most anything with the tools i have purchased.(most important tool i own is a repair manual.second most would be this ol internet.)

What Alternatives Are There To A $2,600.00 Head Gasket Repair On An Oldsmobile Aurora?
My Dad Has A 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora With Only 39K Miles. Recently, He Got A Low Coolant Error Message On His Dashboard Display. He Took It In Today, And They Pressure Tested It And Want To Replace The Engine Gasket For $2,600.00. The Car Is Only Worth $6 Or$7,000 On Edmonds Or Even Less For Trade In, So This Is Not An Option. Can I Throw In A Can Of Stop Leak For Him? Or Is This Just For Radiator Leaks? Or, Can He Just Monitor Fluid Levels And Expect To Drive It For A Few More Years? (He Never Thought He’D Have To Buy Another Car, And Recently Purchased An Onstar Contract For It.) What Is The Chance That The Dealer Is Over Stating The Need For This Repair? Thanks For Your Help.
don’t listen to the first two answers. for one, $600 for a head gasket? Dude has obviously never worked on an Olds Aurora before. two, don’t buy an aftermarket extended warranty. for the most part, they are a scam. I know, I’ve had to deal with them when I worked at the gm dealer as a service/repair technician. their adjusters are trained to do anything to get out of paying a claim. From details you provided, it appears the only sympton your dad has had was a low coolant warning. We don’t know how long it took for the low coolant warning to come on so we don’t know how fast the engine is losing the coolant. I’ve heard through International Automotive Technician’s Network that the Olds 4.0L engine is notorious for pulling the cylinder head bolt threads out of the block because it’s an aluminum block. The only fix for that is to remove the heads and install thread inserts into the block. Don’t use Heli-coils. they won’t hold the head bolt torque. Many times what happens is the threads start to pull out of the block and as this happens, the clamping force of the head bolts is lost and the coolant begins to leak. This is so common that Time-Sert has a specific kit just for this engine. The kit cost about $450 and only contains 5 inserts so you have to buy 15 more insert at almost $27 each. My advice is to broom the car down the road. From iATN member:

“James from Manitoba writes:

Thanks to everyone that took the time to respond. The vehical has been returned to the place of purchase. We pressure tested it cold this morning and were able to see a leak coming from the rear head gasket. The numerous responses were that the gaskets LEAK CAUSED BY THE HEAD BOLTS PULLING OUT OF THE BLOCK. If you proceed with repair YOU MUST install new inserts in all 20 head bolts. You can purchase a kit that comes with 10 inserts and purchase an additional 10 more for the job at a cost of approx. $400.00 and 4 to 6 hours of additional labour to install. It is important to note that NO HELICOILS as they will not hold. Because this is such a common problem that caution must be observed that the install of a used engine may have the same problem.There were also a few responses that warned of cracked blocks.”
Head Gasket Repair Chemicals?
There Are Several Ads For Head Gasket Repair Chemicals. One Is Steelseal. Another Is Duraseal. I Previously Had Poor Results From Barrs Leak. Https://Secure.Steelseal.Com/Index.Php/T4?Gclid=Coqchbskiqwcfq475qodyzekrq&Mboxsession=1319767326812-230784 Http://Www.Seal-A-Head.Com/ Recommendations?
Bars makes several different head gasket sealers. The cheap ones do not work well. They make one that’s around $40 that works. So does KW FiberSeal. That’s around $35.

Spend more than that and you’ve been suckered.

However, not all engines are a good candidate for this stuff. You engine has to be able to run for at least 20 mins without overheating or losing coolant. If it can’t do that, you’re screwed.

Plus, no sealer can fix a warped head.

Is It Normal For A Truck To Smoke Really Bad After A Head Gasket Repair?
I Just Recently Fixed A Blown Head Gasket On My Truck. It Was Blown From Cylinder To Cylinder, Cylinder To Antifreeze, And Cylinder To Oil (About As Bad As It Can Get). I Started It Up And It Runs Smoothly But It Smokes Really Bad. The More I Rev The Engine Up, The More It Smokes. However, I Am Not Losing Oil Or Coolant. The Smoke Is Not Blue, White, Or Black. It Is Gray. It Is Not Just Smoking Because It Is Cold Outside Either. Is It Possible, That Because The Head Gasket Was Leaking So Bad, That There Is Still Some Leftover Oil And Coolant In The Exhaust Causing This? Also, Upon Putting Everything Back Together, I Accidentally Put The Intake Manifold On Incorrectly And Whenever I Would Pour Coolant Into The Radiator, It Wont Pour Out Of The Bottom Of The Intake. I Quickly Fixed This, But I Did Try Running The Truck First Before I Realized I Had Screwed It Up. I Think That Maybe A Little Coolant Got Down In One Of The Cylinders? Anyway It Runs Fine Now, I Changed The Oil (There Was Water In It). I Just Got Done Running The Truck For About 15 Minutes Idle, And 5 Minutes At 2000-3000, And The Engine Is Not Hot To The Touch (I Dont Have A Temp Gauge), So Its Not Overheating. It Is A Mazda B2000 4 Cylinder Engine. I Just Want To Make Sure This Truck Is Still Driveable, And Won’T Blow Up As Soon As I Go To Accelerate. Thanks!
I guess you rotated the crank twice and re checked your alignment on the cam gear? any way depending on how and when the gasket let go ,you could have pumped allot of coolant into the exhaust. Ive seen ’em fill up the muffler. that takes a while to clear out. a good while. I dont want to say normally but normally it clears up in a few moments. double check all your work. also,did the engine run hot? if so did you surface the head? if not it could be warped and not making a good seal. let the engine warm up(open thermostat) and take the radiator cap off. if theres bubbles like a scuba diver in there you’ve got a problem with the compression side. if it continues to smoke then its on the exhaust side. anyway I know everyone is going to booooo me but if it didnt seal,then go back and crank the heck out of the head bolts.throw the torque specs out the window.twistem till it quits smoking. or have the head surfaced. more than likely you just got a ton of coolant in the exaust.

Anyone Tried Those Head Gasket Repair Kits?
You Know The Ones, You Flush Your Coolant System, Add The Magic Sauce And It Seals The Leak. Anyone Have Any Experience With These?
Well owning a repair shop I have had people try this. First off once you buy this junk thy have your money and laff all the way to the bank.
It goes with pet rocks and othe junk people will try anything to get a cheep repair. Get it dun right. Yes I know it cost but better get it fixed right then blow the engine.

95 Accord Head Gasket Repair Difficulty????
It Began Overheating 2 Days Ago.Super Hot!!! So I Pull Over And Im Out Of Coolant, Yet I Cant Find A Leak. So I Check Plugs And The Two On The Right Side Are Covered In Oil. And I Find A Dark Substance Resembling Oil Residue In The Bottom Of My Radiator Resivoir. I Drove It A Total Of About 15 Miles Or Less While Pulling Over To Let The Engine Cool A Bit And Im Pretty Sure The Head Gasket Is Blown. Plus I Found A Milky Greeenish Substance Under The Oil Cap (Antifreeze) So All Signs Point Towards The Head Gasket So My Question Is How Difficult Is It To Replace Cause I Dont Make Much Money And What Do I Need To Get Because The Choices And Prices Vary Dramatically From 40 Or 50 For Just The Head Gasket Itself Towards 190 For A Complete Gasket Set Which Contains Who Know How Many Gaskets, Seals, Etc. But I Like My Car 95 Accord With 100,000 Miles On It, New Coils, Radiator, Plugs Rotor And I Dont Wanna Sell It Till I Finish College. I Need Some Help Asap!!!
Its not hard at all as long as you can pull things apart and put them back together. The only thing that is a main concern is the torque sequence, you need to insure all bolts that need torqued are torqued exactly as stated in the manual. Also while you got the head off you need to check and see if the head warped. just run a straight edge across the head and if you can fit a feeler Gage under the straight edge according to the manual then it will have to be shaved down. other wise it will not seal right. and finally you have to drain all contaminated coolant and oil and refill with new. I hope your able to do it. you will save a large amount of money if you can. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

Gray Smoke After Head Gasket Repair?
I Just Put A New Head Gasket On My 86 Mazda B2000. It Runs Good, I Adjusted The Idle Speed And It’S Nice And Smooth. Once It Warms Up, It Smokes Gray. Bad. Could It Be Where I Don’T Have It In Perfect Time Yet? Or Where I Haven’T Put The Air Cleaner Back On Yet? What Could Cause This? Any Help Is Appreciated.
The color of the smoke tells you a lot about what’s going on. White ‘smoke’ is steam, e.g. water, probably a leak from your coolant system. Black smoke is fuel/gas. Oilsmoke tends to be bluish-grey, and if that’s what it is, is means you didn’t seal your headgasket down well enough and you’re leaking all kinds of oil into the cylinders. Check the smoke and see if it’s bluish-grey color, and smell it. Don’t stick your face into it, but stand a few feet away. If you can smell burning oil, then you screwed up the head gasket replacement. You’ll have to redo it.