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Old 01-25-2013, 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Pinecone View Post
... nope, sometimes the fail suddenly. BT, DT, changed them in odd places (parking lots, side of the road). It is much easier on a non-overhead cam engine.
I know that some head gaskets can and have failed suddenly, but in my experience this is on vintage or racing engines. And I know that for a decade, the Subaru EJ model 2.5L engine, which I have, was notorious for developing a slow head gasket leak due to movement of the cylinder deck.
But I would be curious to know if anyone in the forum has heard of a Z3 engine whose head gasket suddenly and completely failed and blew out the coolant in a trail of steam.
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