[Vwdiesel] Head gasket

Pam & Doug Boes db53248 at alltel.net
Fri Mar 14 10:03:42 PDT 2008

Two weeks ago I replaced the head gasket on my 81' Caddy, 1.6 N/A. It has
Raceware studs. There was no color in the coolant but it was pushing coolant
out the fill neck.


It ran fine for two weeks. The coolant level didn't move after the gasket
was replaced. Today I noticed that it is pushing coolant out the fill cap


Raceware says to not torque the studs more than 50 ft. lbs. Has anyone
increased the torque on the studs to something more than 50 ft. lbs.? I
noticed the Bentley has some of the stretch bolts pulled up to 65 ft. lbs.
These studs are the 11 mm studs.


What other adjustments can be made to get more than two weeks out of a new
head gasket? The head was milled two gaskets ago. The block and head were
cleaned with scotch bright and a wire brush until all the contact surfaces
were nice and shiney. I also measured the protrusion to be sure the correct
gasket was used (3 notch).

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