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Old 08-08-2012, 06:47 AM   #1
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Default Need Temporary Head Gasket Repair (Need 2 weeks)

I need to car to run for 2 weeks. My mom decided to rear end an suv in her honda and needs a car for her 2 hour commute. I have a 99 forester she can use but is goes through a radiator's worth of coolant in 40 miles.

I'm 90% sure it's a head gasket issue as there are no visible leaks. Also, when I changed the spark plug in #4, bubbles came up in the coolant.

Anyway, I need a quick, cheap, and dirty solution that will literally get me through to Sept 1 when I can do a proper repair along with the timing belt and lots of other things.

What are the options?
A dozen eggs into the radiator?
Some fancy autozone cure in a box?
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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A hg leak into the cylinders is not repairable with a canned fix. Don,t drive it.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:38 PM   #3
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Make sure where the coolant is going, get underneath and double check. check the trans fluid and oil to ensure that they are safe. Pull the plugs again and look in with a light for any evidence of coolant. if either of the fluids are milky or there is ANY evidence of coolant in the cylinders than letting your mom use the car will most likely leave her on the side of the road and you with a hefty repair bill.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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thanks for the advise, car will sit.

Is there any correlation between a HG leaking into the combustion chamber and cylinder head warpage? I'm assuming it's not going to be just a head gasket swap here.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #5
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IIRC, you *should* only have to worry about head warping if the car has overheated. Someone feel free to chime in and correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:28 PM   #6
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IIRC, you *should* only have to worry about head warping if the car has overheated. Someone feel free to chime in and correct me if I'm wrong.
you're right, but I just bought the car and have no idea what it's history has been. I'm assuming it over heated a couple times as the previous owner had the thermostat and radiator replaced.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:27 PM   #7
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Have the heads surfaced.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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Don't drive it... a rental car is cheaper than a new engine
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:43 AM   #9
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you're right, but I just bought the car and have no idea what it's history has been. I'm assuming it over heated a couple times as the previous owner had the thermostat and radiator replaced.
Yeah, in that case, resurface them.
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