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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 01-11-2010, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A mechanic took a look at my head while doing some other work for me. He said it looked great. However, since he took it apart, he should be putting a new head gasket on there. Am I correct?
How much is a head gasket compromised after reassembling the head?
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You are right; so much as looking at the bits under the cylinder head means a new gasket is a must. After all, going that far would make using the existing gasket idiotic.
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I appreciated the extra work he was doing, but I don't know how he'd expect a blown head gasket down the line to make me very happy. Would that have been likely?
Even without a lot of mechanical experience, it seems all boards suggest replacing gaskets removed for maintenance.

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hands down, any time the head comes off or it loosened, put a new head gasket on. some other gaskets, like valve cover, etc can be re-used if you have the correct gasket.
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