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Old 09-17-2009, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy e39 head gasket

Hi .have an e39 1995 6 cylinder auto with head gasket gone ...i think!!??....it overheated while i was sitting in traffic, an since has been buliding pressure to the rad an has blown the pipe off ... have been trying to figure out if its worth getting fixed....i like the car ......so would like to get it back on the road .... ....its not blowing any white smoke an the oil it not creamy....but it does overheat.... i was talkin to a few guys about it ....some say it is the head gasket an others say its the water pump thats theres a little fan that goes on them ..i know it would mean a new water pump an rad ....please help
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OMFG another one!?
 
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Have you checked the radiator fan(s)?
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No, how would i do that? ....
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You need to know what kind of fans you have. It's a strong possibility you have a clutch type fan. Have a look at this thread
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are you losing any antifreeze? the expansion tank can go first. they are known for it. inspect the entire system, water pump, thermostat. you should have a clutch fan on the inside engine compartment and one up against your rad from the outside. (a/c fan) the first fan is connected to ur waterpump and the thermostat is just above the waterpump. follow the hoses. don't run it hot or you blow the gasket. how many miles and how long have you owned it?

the expansion tank usually cracks from the bottom. start there and let me know
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Are you sure your head gasket is gone? Do compression first. It may still be good.
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Hi .have an e39 1995 6 cylinder auto with head gasket gone ...i think!!??....it overheated while i was sitting in traffic, an since has been buliding pressure to the rad an has blown the pipe off ... have been trying to figure out if its worth getting fixed....i like the car ......so would like to get it back on the road .... ....its not blowing any white smoke an the oil it not creamy....but it does overheat.... i was talkin to a few guys about it ....some say it is the head gasket an others say its the water pump thats theres a little fan that goes on them ..i know it would mean a new water pump an rad ....please help

if your head gasket is gone, let me know i will do it for $500 plus the price for headgasket set and new head bolts which is $150, i just did mine 3 months ago, it been doing good :-)
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