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    Head gasket Blues ?

    Hello,
    I haven't been here in ages,. You were all so helpful last time I had a problem so I thought I'ld ask again.

    I took my car for a service last week only to be told I have a blown head gasket, diagnosed by the fact that there was no water in my car (recent event as I do check) and the pipe from the resevoir to the engine has oil in it (the water in the resevoir has always had an oily film on top) and once filled there are bubbles in the water when the engine is run.

    Obviously this is a costly repair to have done but I need to get it sorted. Before I sell my soul on ebay to pay for it has anyone ever heard of or used either http://www.coolantrepair.com/K-Seal/p356750_916820.aspx , http://www.coolantrepair.com/SEAL-UP...50_920602.aspx , http://www.usasealants.com/products/...asket-sealant/ or any other non mechanical remedy that they would reccomend please? I feel a bit inclined to think that the best and really only correct way to sort it is to take it to a garage and make myself destitute but if there is an easier, cheaper way to fix it then I'm all ears.

    Thanks in advance
    Bye for now Donna

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    If the HG is gone then the only fix is to replace it.
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    What engine do you have?

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    Hi Donna,

    That's a bummer just before Christmas. It does sound like serious head gasket failure in which case it is doubtful that those products would do the trick. However there have been a few success stories. Probably depends on the severity or exact nature of the failure.

    I have heard of K-seal, and in fact currently have some being shipped to NZ to try out for a coolant leak on a Rover. Some on the Rover forum say not to use it, but it generally has a good reputation, plus lots of testamonials on their website, and one Rover guy even took an engine apart to show that it did not clog the waterways.

    K-seal is handy in that you can just throw it in with your coolant (supposedly no need to clean the system) and leave it in while it does its thing. I had a report from a mate in the UK who said he used in on a Rover 25 that had symptoms as bad as your Astra and he says it worked very quickly and they never did have to do the head gasket replacement.

    Seal up is available down here and I was considering using that but I believe that product requires that the cooling system be cleaned out and the treatment done with only water in the system. After treatment then you remove it (drain/flush) then fill with coolant mix and see if it worked.

    I haven't heard of the USA sealants, but they seem lke rather overpriced products. I have used other generic rad-seal products while in Canada, sometimes with virtually instant success, but not where there was rather obvious head gasket failure.

    Up to you, but if you feel that you really can't afford the head gasket repair at this time, I would be tempted to flush out all the crap you can from the pipes and cooling system the try some K-seal.

    Good luck and let us know the outcome.
    Cheers, Paul

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    How very rude of me. I forgot I had posted here about my car troubles. Thanks to those of you who replied. I just dropped in to say that I went the mechanical route. The gasket had definitely blown and once the head was off it was obvious that the cambelt needed replacing too. I also ended up having a full service done so the whole lot cost me a very untidy sum of almost £800.

    NRY it's a very modest 1.7dti engine and it had better not break now for a very long time.

    Thanks again for your input
    Bye for now Donna

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    Thanks for the update. Its always good to hear how the problem was fixed. In your case it did sound like complete head gasket failure requiring replacement.

    Hope all goes well now. Cheers, Paul

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