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Old 03-05-2014, 01:02 PM
laura90 laura90 is offline
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Blown head gasket

Why does it cost so much to change a blown head gasket? And which ones do you guys recommend

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Old 03-05-2014, 03:22 PM
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A head gasket is a MAJOR undertaking in any vehicle.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:35 PM
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Assuming you are asking what type of Head Gasket to use, it's really best to stick with OEM. It is probably an 8 hour job plus machine shop time (& expense) to machine the head.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:44 PM
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Eight hours? Try at least double that. And that's assuming your aluminum block holds up to re-torquing the heads. Every aluminum block gets tested before we even pull the head off. Break the head bolts loose, and retorque. About 75% of them won't hold. Pulls the threads out of the block. Then its new motor time. Or someone with the proper equipment could theoretically drill it and put in a helicoil. The older engine (early m52, or maybe all m52?) had a cast iron block and that wasn't an issue.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:19 PM
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Did I miss something? I thought your only problem was a non-functioning radio?

Hopefully you mean valve cover gasket and not head gasket?

In which case an Elring Klinger might be the same as a genuine BMW one. Not sure.

Victor Reinz is another possibility. I wouldn't use any other aftermarket ones though.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:41 PM
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An 04 2.5 is M52.

Watch that temperature gauge folks. Hot means stop.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:14 PM
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An 04 2.5 is M54.

Watch that temperature gauge folks. Hot means stop.
Typo corrected.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:05 PM
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thanks, jet lagged
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:13 PM
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Do NOT use victor reinz gaskets. They leak even when new
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:42 PM
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Did I miss something? I thought your only problem was a non-functioning radio?

Hopefully you mean valve cover gasket and not head gasket?

In which case an Elring Klinger might be the same as a genuine BMW one. Not sure.

Victor Reinz is another possibility. I wouldn't use any other aftermarket ones though.
Lol yeah that was one issue and now after fixing my thermostat water pump and expansion tank turns out there was coolant in my spark plugs and so it's now the head gasket

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Old 03-06-2014, 05:44 PM
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Do NOT use victor reinz gaskets. They leak even when new
Thanks for the heads up

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Old 03-06-2014, 06:13 PM
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No problem. I've replaced several of them when they didn't last even a few hundred miles before they leaked again. I wouldn't use anything but BMW OEM for gaskets. And make sure you or your mechanic replaces the 15 rubber sealing grommets or it will still leak!
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