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Re: head gasket causes and decisions
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Posted by amicusterrae [Email] (more from amicusterrae) on Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:52:36 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: But, what made it blow?, Exactly, Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:39:44
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I am going through this right now on a Linear '03 wagon that just turned 100k miles. I bought it last year after the owner (who did some basic wrenching on it) passed away. It appeared to be well cared for with several years of records. There was some smoke at startup, and I was anticipating a turbo upgrade soon--typical for a Linear approaching 100k. I noted what looked like coolant residue on the transmission case, which seemed to be explained by a newer t-stat supply hose. The housing area looked dry, the car started and ran great. In hindsight, I should have had it pressure tested before buying, I guess!

I drove the car almost daily for several months and noticed some coolant pooling on the trans case recently and took it to my Indy. He replaced the t-stat housing, but also suspected coolant was seeping from the head in the same area. Now it occasionally starts hard with a good bit of white smoke, and the coolant level is definitely going down. Of course, I never knowingly overheated the car or drove it without coolant in the reservoir (or low on oil).

Do I get it fixed (this job is WAY beyond my skill, experience, confidence, or interest!), knowing full well something un-diagnosed caused the head to fail? If so, it probably makes sense to put in an Aero turbo, and inspect the chain, at least, which in the end, could push this job well over $3,000. I'd cut my losses on this car, but it's getting harder to find a straight wagon at or under 100k miles with a clean interior, and I invested in a refreshed suspension with Koni FSDs last fall. I thought this was my grail 9-5 . . . .
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