[V6-12v] Head gasket replacement

David Torrey davidtorrey2004 at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 7 21:07:56 EST 2007

Kent -

Your coolant leak may not be totally your head gasket.
 Check your heater control valve beneath your
windshield wiper linkage.  I had a leak last summer
and it took me forever to find it.   Intermittent leak
which ran down the firewall and would only
occasionally leave a puddle.   Worth checking out.  I
have 169K miles on my 1993 100CSQ Avant.

I replaced my valley pan gasket last fall and now my
oil leak is worse than ever.  I think it is probably
the head gaskets, as I did nor torque the head bolts
after replacing the valley pan gasket.  It's cold
here, too.
I live in Maine, USA.  I have a garage but no heat. 
It's supposed to moderate this weekend so maybe I'll
be able to check it out.


--- Kent McLean <kentmclean at comcast.net> wrote:

> Eyvind E. Spangen wrote:
> > I think I have to replace the head gaskets on my
> '92 100 soon. Oil is
> > leaking more and more, coolant is disappearing
> faster and faster and I think
> > the car misses slightly, at least when idling. In
> addition, I have lots of
> > white smoke in the exhaust in cold weather, more
> than normal.
> This sounds real familiar.  About a year ago, my '94
> 100S V6 would trip 
> the coolant warning display about every 6 months, at
> which point I would 
> re-fill the overflow tank. Now I get the warning
> about once a week.
> > The timing belt was replaced two years ago, so I
> don't need to do this
> > again. Anyone BTDT doing a head gasket without
> removing the cam pulleys from
> > the heads, just marking the timing belt on the
> pulleys and putting it back
> > together? Anything special to look out for?
> I don't know. I was waiting for warmer weather so I
> could do a t-belt 
> and water pump. Now I'm thinking I might not make it
> if I don't tackle 
> my head gasket problem sooner. It was 0 degrees F
> this morning (in NH, 
> USA), and I don't have a garage to work in, so I'm
> pushing it off some 
> more.  I hope I don't regret it.
> > At least, I don't complain when the head gaskets
> held up almost 300k miles
> > on an engine that's known for leaky head gaskets..
> :)
> Mine has only 165K miles on it. I *was* thinking
> t-belt and water pump 
> in the Spring. *Now* I'm thinking t-belt, water
> pump, and head gaskets. 
> Of course, it's also has me thinking "new" old Audi.
> :)
> -- 
> Kent McLean
> '94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
> '89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke
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