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Head Gasket (can i change it myself?)

So yah my head gasket is leaking oil onto my headers, and it needs to be changed, but im wondering, i this something I can do myself (how difficult is it?) or should I just pay a mechanic to do it even though they charge ALOT of money.

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Re: Head Gasket (can i change it myself?)

are you sure its the head gasket

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Re: Head Gasket (can i change it myself?)

Well after pushing it a little hard, i poped the hood and saw the oil drip down off the head between the cracks onto the exhaust manifold, so im prettty sure its the gasket.

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Re: Head Gasket (can i change it myself?)

I bet you mean valve cover gasket...If it was your head gasket and you would have more problems than oil on your headers.


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I bet you mean valve cover gasket...If it was your head gasket and you would have more problems than oil on your headers.
Yah i think that is what i mean, because other then that the car seems to run fine, its just leaking oil out. But about the difficulty on changing this, is it easy or difficult or what? Is it as easy as just taking the head apart and changing the gasket or what?

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Re: Head Gasket (can i change it myself?)

Could be pushing oil externally and be a head gasket but more than likely it would be pushing coolant as well. I would put my money on piston rings/ valve seals letting oil into your combustion chamber, look for smokey exhaust, and pull your spark plugs and look for oil on them. Also have a shop use a "sniffer" on your coolant reservoir to look for combustion gases and pull your dipstick and look for milky/chunky substances. If you have combustion gases in the coolant or stuff on your dipstick or overheating or unexplained loss of coolant its your head gasket. If neither of these are present I would lean toward piston rings or valve seals.

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Yah i think that is what i mean, because other then that the car seems to run fine, its just leaking oil out. But about the difficulty on changing this, is it easy or difficult or what? Is it as easy as just taking the head apart and changing the gasket or what?
Post pics and we can tell if its a valve cover gasket.

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head gaskets suck...got to taking everything in the head apart, clean everything perfectly, you have to take it to a machine shop to get shaved (at least thats the right way to do it)...its a handful if you dont know how to do it or never done something like that before...but if you do it do the timing belt and water pump and thank me later


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Could be pushing oil externally and be a head gasket but more than likely it would be pushing coolant as well. I would put my money on piston rings/ valve seals letting oil into your combustion chamber, look for smokey exhaust, and pull your spark plugs and look for oil on them. Also have a shop use a "sniffer" on your coolant reservoir to look for combustion gases and pull your dipstick and look for milky/chunky substances. If you have combustion gases in the coolant or stuff on your dipstick or overheating or unexplained loss of coolant its your head gasket. If neither of these are present I would lean toward piston rings or valve seals.
Come on bro... grim reaper much?... it's the kids valve cover gasket...

OP, the valve cover gasket normally doesn't need to be replaced, they are made of rubber, remove the valve cover, remove all the sealant the factory used, clean everything up, coat everything with hi temp RTV and put it back together.. no more leak


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come on bro... Grim reaper much?... It's the kids valve cover gasket...

Op, the valve cover gasket normally doesn't need to be replaced, they are made of rubber, remove the valve cover, remove all the sealant the factory used, clean everything up, coat everything with hi temp rtv and put it back together.. No more leak
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Come on bro... grim reaper much?... it's the kids valve cover gasket...

OP, the valve cover gasket normally doesn't need to be replaced, they are made of rubber, remove the valve cover, remove all the sealant the factory used, clean everything up, coat everything with hi temp RTV and put it back together.. no more leak
LOL No, just the things he could do to diagnose before tearing into it. It sounded to me like he was saying it was pushing oil out of the manifolds, in my experience the rings are usually what causes this it wasnt until after I posted and then saw his second post about them dripping onto them from above . Thats why I asked him to post pics to see if he was talking about the valve cover gasket after I read his second post..

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