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    Driving with blown Head Gasket?

    As title - just wondering if there would be any major issues driving a car with a blown head gasket?

    Some of u may recall my recent threads about loss of coolant - Im 99% sure the HG has gone. Mayo in cap (poss just condensation), mayo sometimes on dipstick (more worrying), major coolant loss, definite smell of oil in coolant tank, definite signs of oil contamination in coolant tank, cold coolant in tank after driving, fans never get as hot as they should.......Do I need to go on?

    Anyway I booked the car in yesterday - but due to my shift pattern the best I could do is Mon 12 Feb. Getting cambelt kit (and ancillaries) fitted (parts supplied by me) and them to supply & fit HG kit, bolts, etc etc, coolant, oil & filter change.


    Anyway I digress ....the reason for this thread... Would there be any major damage in running the engine for a few more weeks with the above symptoms ?

    Admittedly it hasnt fully blown as the oil/coolant mixture isnt dramatic yet....but I guess only time will tell.

    Any advice much appreciated

    X16SZR in case u dont already know

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    I know I drove my old cv 8v sri for about 2000 miles with a knackered gasket. Not sure if it would be the same with an ecotec?

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    it aint an ecotec so no worries there

    my old man was goin on about it yesterday sayin he drove thousands of miles with one - just means u need to keep toppin up the water.... obviously i wanted it fixed rather than just toppin the water

    Anyway, Rob - its virtually the same engine as u had - well a SOHC anyway so fingers crossed nothing major happens before it goes to get fixed.

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    X16SZR, I wouldn't even worry about it, just lash oil and water in as required, then spend £300 on a replacement engine when it finally gives up. In fact, pick up a scrap Mk3 and swap the engine yourself, would only take a few hours at most if you know how to work a socket set and engine hoist.

    I drove a 2.2D Laguna for 60k with a blown head gasket, it constantly dumped oil into the water to the point where the heater totally stopped working.
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    Just had to keep releasing pressure from the header tank. The temp gauge never worked on that car so no idea if it ever got too hot

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    Would rather get it sorted now and not just throw oil & water at it...

    Anyway I have plans afoot for this engine in the near future so a few quid spent now is no major issue.

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    i hope one of the plans is a new head gbt

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    Just make sure your AA recovery is up to date. if the gasket between the water jacket and cylinder goes, then the car ain't gonna start

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    lol as it goes iv got an old mk3 on the drive with the head gasket gone, and exhaust on way out sounds like a tank on idle but still runs, its gna get sent to scrap in next week or so which is funny as my mate signed it over 2 me lastweek its got 5 mnths tax and 10 months mot how it ever passed is unknown to me.

    still turns over and runs tho

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    the only problem you may have is that the coolant pipes are taking more pressure than there used to and it may pop/split/hole them as i had on my mk2 just before we realized the head was gone
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