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    Rover 25 water leak from exhaust!

    My missus has a Rover 25 (boo!) and theres drips of water coming from her rear box. Also the water level has gone down slightyl and looks like there may be some water in oil..??

    Is this Head gasket failure?

    first quote from garage if it is HGF...starting price £600
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    Common as muck problem with the K-series engine in those. Don't drive it if the heat gasket is suspect, as you'll warp the hell out of the head.

    £600 is bull - it's a 2 hour job at most as long as the head isn't warped, if it is then £80 will skim it, head gasket is only a few quid, timing belt and tensioner is another £30. I've done one myself, did it in an afternoon, even though it was the first time I'd even taken an engine apart.
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    On my K series it was about £600 as the valves in the head are fitted flush so have to be removed to have the head skimed them the all the valves have to be ground in again and that takes ages.
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    now it doesnt look like theres water in oil as theres no mayonaise to be seen. car temp is normal and drip stops when car gets cold?

    The drips are coming from behind the exhaust backbox so exhaust cant be air tight and will need sorting. If engine had water in it and was pushing down the exhaust surely it would turn into steam first?

    Im thinking something is dripping onto exhaust - maybe fuel pump? Dripping is creating a puddle under car (not to big - about shoe size) but doesnt smell like petrol???

    As water hasnt gone down much but lots of water is coming from car........ 2 + 2 = 5 ??
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    Ah, the catalyst on the Rovers is funny, and produces lots of water. There's always gallons pouring out of them even in summer.
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    do what i did take it to the nearest tip..awfull cars

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    gonna have to get it on ramps at the weekend and check the exhaust out - Im hoping theres a rust hole. Cheaper to replace then a headgasket job!

    Im thinking my missus does lots of short journeys so exhaust never really heats up and exhaust vapour is condensating and gathering, and now leaking through.
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    More than likely if it's only used for short journeys it could do with a damn good run, get it hot and give it a good old fashioned thrashing
    The water dripping from the exhaust joint can be quite normal as the joints don't seal 100 % so don't worry if it's not corroded or blowing it's common
    Usually those lovely engines blow the headgasket and you get oil in the water, it used to be due to the plastic head dowels cracking which on newer models were modified to stainless ones and thats what you get in a headset from rover these days
    Not as usual to get water in oil but they can do on occasions
    If your losing water slowly keep a close eye on it as if you don't have a obvious leak it may be the start of headgasket failure, this symptom is common
    As for price, yes get a garage to do it and your looking at 500 - 600 pounds, that's roughly what we charge in all honesty at my place
    We skim those heads regardless as they are so problematic and that does involve removal of the cams etc
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    cheers for info and input everyone - will get a good look at weekend and i'll post whats up then....

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