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... head gasket on a Saab 95 in the Portsmouth area at my place?

Mine has gone 48 hours after I put up an advert to sell the flipping thing and I need to fix this first. I can get it done at a garage but its £450 minimum and thats £450 dead money that adds no value to the car whatsoever

I really need to change it myself but I'm concerned I won't have all the tools or knowledge to pull it off

Can anyone help me?
 
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Doing a Head Gasket is not a small job.

You really need a proper Mechanic to do it.... You should also get the Head checked / skimmed by an Engineering Company - If you want to do things properly....
 
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Yeah my mechanic did suggest that to me. However there was water in the oil and the header tank is pressurised even when cold

While I don't know the sealing product, i'm just sceptical that this would plug the hole
 
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Virdi said:
Doing a Head Gasket is not a small job.

You really need a proper Mechanic to do it.... You should also get the Head checked / skimmed by an Engineering Company - If you want to do things properly....
Doing a head gasket is not a small job, but I wouldn't say you need a proper mechanic to do it.

To get a head checked by a machinist is not very expensive :)
 
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Its £450 to have it done without the head being skimmed and £600 with it being skimmed

Thats expensive to me right now when i'm trying to raise £5k to pay off my housemates equity in our house. Thats the reason i'm selling the car, and as you can imagine this is a significant blow
 
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Stonedofmoo said:
thats £450 dead money that adds no value to the car whatsoever.

Not really is it, it tranforms it from a lump that no one will buy !

there seems to be a lot of bad timing with people trying to sell their cars around here !

Good luck with getting it fixed
 
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Get a Haynes manual (if they do them for you car?). I previously had next to no knowledge on engines and did mine in a weekend with a bit of trepidation and blissful ignorance. You might need a person to give you a lift down the nearest garage to skim the head. Bank on £40 for a skim and up to £30 for a new Headgasket & headbolts. Job done :cool: . I used a spanner/socket set, a torque wrench & breaker bar.
 
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Thanks for the offer fella. I've not quite decided what to do yet and need to think things out. Time is a problem for me right now, I hardly have any over the next few weekends

..and its damn cold! ;) :)

CaneyJ: The bit that really worrys me is its chain driven, I don't have any specialist tools if they are required. I do have a Haynes manual but this is above my usual level of expertise although i'm flicking through it now.
 
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Am I right in saying that all you need is a straight edge to tell if the head has been warped. If its warped then get it skimmed, if not then replace the HG yourself. Its a long job but pretty straight forward as long as you know what goes where!
 
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lol its a 4 spanner job in the haynes and a very long chapter. certainly doable though if I have all the right tools and the time

Hmmm.....

Update: Right, sod the garage. I'm going to try it myself. My mechanic can't have some sort of mystical skill I don't so i'm going to go step by step through the manual and fix this myself

Quick question though, the oil has water in. What product is best for flushing that all out before I replace with fresh?

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I think the general accepted wisdom is not to use engine flush. It removes all the deposits that build up in corners inside the engine, and apparently you often end up with engine problems afterwards.

I'd imagine a double oil change would do the job - change the oil, drive it around the block until warm, then change it again. But I'm no expert.
 
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Am I right in saying that all you need is a straight edge to tell if the head has been warped. If its warped then get it skimmed, if not then replace the HG yourself. Its a long job but pretty straight forward as long as you know what goes where!

I'd get it checked for cracks and warping at a machine shop. It isn't very expensive and there is no point putting a head back on only to find it has cracked inside.
 
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Yeah i'm getting in touch with some local car enthusiast friends to find out who they have used in the past to get the head checked once I have it off

I also happen to have a bottle of 10w-40 magnetec or something in the shed doing nothing so I could use that to flush out the system and then change it to something more suitable
 
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£150 to skim the head?.. they are trying to take you for a ride on that on id say..

Just a bit, i believe the phrase "total ____ing ripoff" is more accurate.

Head skim is more like £30 than £150.

Or i can get you one done for £145 if you want :D
 
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Drain the old oil, strip and rebuild, put fresh (cheap) oil in and change it and the filter after a few miles. Job done. Flushing removes the carbon deposits (as does running diesel oil but that's another story) and probably isn't required in this case. Fix it sooner rather than later, i had to leave the other halfs for two weeks while she still used it for short runs, ended up having to replace the zorst as the water rotted the baffle from the inside.

Whatever you do remember that once you tighten the bolts on the head even once they are deformed, you get it right first time or buy new bolts.

150 to skim the head ... you sure you didn't ask them for sexual relations with several ladies of the night to be added onto the bill ? I got quoted not much more than that for full set of belts, new water pump and h/g including skim if required.
 
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I know, I thought it was really steep too. I don't think the garage in question do it themselves but rather send it away

Either way I shall take it to somewhere a mate is going to recommend
Thanks for the exhaust tip, hopefully i'll be getting it done the weekend after this one
 
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Stonedofmoo said:
I don't think the garage in question do it themselves but rather send it away.

Yup, and as they're trade, they'd get it even cheaper than joe public (£30-£40)

I sometimes feel bad about making a stupid profit from a few days work. Suddenly i look like one of the good guys :D
 
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