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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-20-2007, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Head gasket bad

I think my head gasket is bad. How much or how hard is it to change one out?

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you gotta take the head off to replace it.

you sure its bad?
you done a compression test?

that requires:
removing cam timing chain
pulling the head off enough to squeeze the gasket in there and align it.

removing the cam chain can be done without taking the front cover off the engine... but its not easy. you will also should replace the head bolts, because they may have stretched beyond their fastening capacity.

I would talk to fullthrottle, as he was the guy putting all the chains together during his build.

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not 100% sure still need to take it in to get checked out, but Compression could be bad as well....basiclly I was on the way home from work and I noticed an oil smell, but I thought it was the car in front of me, cause he was smoking so I paid no attention to it. later on check engine light comes on and I start wondering, couple minutes later I hit like limp mode. I pull over and pop the hood and the dip stick is popped and oil is all over the engine bay. I get it home and let it sit for awhile and go check the fluid level and theres no oil on the dip stick, get the girl to drive me to the auto store and get oil (takes 3 1/2 quarts to get it to touch the dip stick, and another quart to get it to the top. started the car and I have a rough idle, white smoke out the exhaust(does like a quick puff puff puff puff), Car never over heated during the drive home or when I started her, could be oil in the spark plugs, just preparing for the worse and hoping for the best

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^well... dont assume the worst until you check everything out.

i had that happen to me when my cat was clogged. so that could be your problem as well...
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Compression test show if I have a clogged Cat???

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^no... compression test will tell you if your:
rings
headgasket
valves

arent sealing properly.
a blown ring can make your dipstick pop out, too...

cat has to be taken off the car and inspected to determine if its still good or not. lucky for you, there is a 60K warranty on the "emmisions control system"
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Head gasket is farily easy, at that point though, drop the oil pan and toss in a set of pistons. TTR sells Diamonds for ~389 now.

I would take off the front timing cover off to re-time the motor and verify all marks on the chain.

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^thats the proper way to replace your head gasket... 10:1 pistons and ARP studs are required as per GM Factory specs...
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^no... compression test will tell you if your:
rings
headgasket
valves

arent sealing properly.
a blown ring can make your dipstick pop out, too...

cat has to be taken off the car and inspected to determine if its still good or not. lucky for you, there is a 60K warranty on the "emmisions control system"


so when I take it to get checked out they are gonna run a compression test, and go from there.

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Got my car back and this what they say...

I have a bad intake pressure gasket(?)
cylinder 4 is bad.
and a bad MAF sensor.

How much do you guys think this will cost me. They didn't quote me yet they said they would call me back once they got the estimate.

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