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I blew the head gasket in my tii (or the heads cracked)


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This sucks, I had my tii motor rebuilt in 2004 and after 40K, it looks like I blew the head gasket (or the heads cracked). The tii recently started drinking lots of water and I was smelling antifreeze inside the car when I turned on the heater. There is no water under the car so no leaks. I'm guessing the head gasket has a tiny rip that is allowing water into one of the cylinders where it's vaporizing out of the tailpipe. The other option is that the head is cracked. Either way, the heads got to come off. This sucks to say the least.

The AF is deploying again next month to Qatar for six months so it's a perfect opportunity for the tii to go to the shop while I'm gone. The tii will be at Rob's shop in SLO where he'll do his magic to the motor while I'm 11 time zones away.

This is the third head gasket issue on my cars in the past year. My 96 4Runner (2.7 4cyl) blew a head gasket last March, I sold it for $500 since I didn't want to deal with it anymore. I just replaced the head gasket on my 91 E30 318i M42 and now my tii. I hope my cars don't have any more major issues.


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I keep checking the carpet to see if it's wet and it is dry. Last time I had the heater box apart a few years ago, the heater core went to the local radiator shop to get cored and pressure tested. It's good to go. It's drinking copious amounts of water. I've been through this routine recently with my E30 318i M42 motor and the tii has the same symptoms. No milkshake in the oil yet but I'm sure I'll see it soon. I'm driving it very little and I carry a gallon jug of water with me if I do drive anywhere.


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Guest Anonymous

If the coolant is going into a cylinder and steaming off it will be the cleanest shinny thing you ever saw. This could be used to provide a clue on where the leak is located. Pull your spark plugs, the one in the leaking steam cleaned one should be sparkling!

Good luck on your tour

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