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Date: 7 Apr 2004 12:52:34 -0700
From: alancemornospamo.com (Lance Morgan)
Subject: Re: HELP: Blown head gasket.


"ts" <tsinasnospamail.com> wrote in message news:<yTCcc.4641$BF2.582424nospam20.bellglobal.com>... > Hi there, > > I have a 1993 900 S with 176K and I just got the bad news: The engine head > gasket is blown. > The car runs good but overheats; loses antifreeze thus lots of white smoke > out the exhaust; one plug gets wet; small bubbles come up the radiator > reservoir; I add water daily :-( > I got an estimation of about $1600 - $2000 CAN to have it fixed. > I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. > Your advice will be appreciated. > > Thanks to all in advance. > > ts Should be more like $1000 CAN/$750 USD and a bit up, but I don't know Ottawa If this is a 2.1L, there have been some reports of the engine block/deck pitting. It doesn't happen to all 2.1Ls (and who knows? it may happen to a few 2.0Ls, too). Only way to know is to pull the head. Just a heads up. Some repair by brazing If you've done clutches, driveshafts & joints, brakes, etc., and are so inclined, set aside 2 - 4 days to do. Detailed pre-project info can be provided (on-line and in service manuals). You'll need a couple of not-so-special tools, like a E-16 torx bit (IIRC), torque wrench, a "Torque-To-Angle Indicator" would be recommended, along w/checking the block deck and head for flatness (may be just fine; not too expensive or time consuming to have shop machine if needed). Lance

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