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Old 02-12-2011, 01:02 PM   #1
Chico Nakajima
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Default Fix head gasket leak with Ceramic Coat product?

My 2000 Forester has had a head gasket leak for oh, 6 years or so. Someone told me they had success fixing a head gasket leak in another vehicle using a product called something like Ceramic Coat. Directions were:
drain cooling system; add Ceramic Coat and water and run car a few days with it in the system; drain cooling system; flush; then put coolant back in.

Has anyone heard of this product, or something similar?

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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do u have a coolant leak or oil leak? if its a coolant leak it will seal the leak but if its oil leak it wont help since your putting the chemical in the cooling system and not the lubrication system. on top of that, its only a temporary fix not permanent.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:42 PM   #3
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ive heard of many band aid patch systems like this, and some of them certainly do work, however when the band aid comes off its autrocious, basically alot of those products clog up your entire cooling system, so when you finally replace your head gaskets, you have to replace your radiator and hoses, and then your heater core is suspect. M Forester saw its fair share of crap products, i bought it after it gave way and was fully repaired, now even with an all new cooing system, im still flushing out chunks and grossness that have dislodged from the heater core
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies-
It's a coolant leak, but it doesn't seem too bad, and it's been running OK for years.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:21 PM   #5
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6 year long HG leak? wow
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:29 PM   #6
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Radiator stop leak products are trash. Keep them away from your car.
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:43 PM   #7
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Read some good things about Bar's products. Anyone tried them?
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:34 PM   #8
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Put that stuff in man, it will fix the leak. After it screws up the engine and you have to replace the engine, then your leak is fixed.

Bar's just like any other stop leak is garbage. I personally have seen people put that into an engine and ended up still having to fix the leak, or replacing the engine.
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:14 PM   #9
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im in the middle of a full rebuild due to a hg leak. tried the stopleak and it slowed the leak for a little...then it went back to leaking as normal.
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:18 PM   #10
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I wouldn't half-ass bandaid a headgasket leak especially if it means dumping foreign liquids into your engine.

If I were you, I would replace the headgasket asap, along with timing components etc... I'm sure your car is due for one anyway seeing how it is 10+ years old.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:49 AM   #11
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It's similar to treating a nosebleed or a finger cut by eating a huge trans-fat saturated burger. Might clog the wound, but chances are it will clog your heart and arteries as well
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:53 PM   #12
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Quote:
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It's similar to treating a nosebleed or a finger cut by eating a huge trans-fat saturated burger. Might clog the wound, but chances are it will clog your heart and arteries as well

I'm stealing this example next time I have to tell someone why stop leak sucks so much.
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