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Old October 19th, 2004, 06:27 PM
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Redo heads or not?

I asked this ealier in another thread but got no response. I have the dreaded head gasket leak. I need to add coolant every couple of months but rarely does my temp gauge move above the midway mark. My mechanic recommended getting the heads done when he fixed the leak. But is this really neccessary? My truck only has 60k on the engine and it runs great. Why the push to do the heads so early? I'd rather put the $$$ into a new clutch.

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Old October 19th, 2004, 06:49 PM
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Just wondering, how did he fix the leak without replacing the head gasket?
I would ask him.
I have never heard of heads going bad at 60k miles without a severe overheating that would warp them... in that case they might need to be milled.
Can you tell where it is leaking from?
Change your oil and make sure there is no "white/grey" in it which would indicate coolant.
If you have coolant in your oil, that is very bad... get the heads done asap.
Try to find out where it is leaking from... it could just be your radiator, thermostat housing, water pump, or a hose... if it is a slow leak, it could be many things.
Good luck.
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Old October 19th, 2004, 06:55 PM
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The head gasket has not been fixed yet. After I bought it, my mechanic did an inspection and found a small coolant leak on the back end of the head right at the gasket (end facing the bulkhead). I also noticed a little bit of coolant on the undercarriage beneath the leak from time to time.
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Old October 19th, 2004, 07:07 PM
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Well then, that problem won't heal itself.
Don't take my advice, but, I wouldn't touch it unless it was dripping on something that could be damaged, ie starter, but is it on the driver side? Some people redo a head gasket with a slight leak, I would have it done on a bmw s54 engine, but not on a rover 3.9. If the head comes off and you discover it is warped and needs to be milled, that is some $$$. Aluminum heads are tricky, I would wait to see what more seasoned rover people would do... I only owned 1 rover ever, and the only work I ever did was switch the tin over from my 3.9 to a 4.6. I have never done a head gaskets on anything but a chevy 350ci.
Has anyone here had the same problem and let it go?
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Old October 20th, 2004, 12:45 AM
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Michael,
With only 60k you probably do not need to do a complete valve job, however, I would have the heads checked for warpage and skimmed if necessary to insure a good seal. This is minimal $$$.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 01:18 AM
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Also, if you're going to take the heads off. Definitely switch to the newer composite head gaskets, and look up the revised torque specs, this will prevent that coolant leak from recurring.


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Old October 20th, 2004, 09:44 AM
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Michael I just took my heads off the 110 to R&R machine shop they charged me just under $200 to do everything including pressure test them. Was that you I waved to sunday by mayfair. I was in my green disco? I definitely second the composite gaskets I put them on. My project should be back this week.

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Old October 20th, 2004, 09:49 AM
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I have seen a vehicle that had the heads done at 14k under factory warranty if that makes you feel any better.

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Old October 20th, 2004, 12:18 PM
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I just had my head gaskets changed at 149,000 miles. I had a stain where some coolant was leaking in the same place you describe for the last 60,000 miles. It wasn't until recently that the temp guage would creep up at idle. Once the temp guage started moving every time I stopped at a light I knew it was time.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 03:21 PM
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Yep doc, that was me. Who did your heads. Joe at Cape Fear Import said he could send them out for $400.
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R&R Machine shop did the machining work. I have a guy by the name of Scott that does most of the rest of my work that I don't do myself.
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Old October 21st, 2004, 07:02 AM
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Where'sR&R and who is scott? Joe at Cape Fear Imports (Ogden) was head mech at LRCF and started his own garage. He really knows his stuff and is affordable.
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Believe me I know Joe. Between you and me my nickname for him is "negative Nancy" I agree he is affordable and does know what he is doing. I just get tired of his comments on the older trucks where he makes his money. Scott is just a local guy kind of a shade tree mechanic. R&R is down on New bern st.
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Old October 21st, 2004, 02:12 PM
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Aaron - how would I get in contact w/scott?
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262-4970 is his cell number.
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