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214 SEi HGF?

#1 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:36 pm

So this 214 SEi I bought unseen.... it’s a lovely car but there’s oil in the header tank.

The oil is clean, and there’s no mayo under the oil cap.

However there was a smidgen of mayo under the coolant cap, and there is a layer of oil on top of the coolant in the header tank.

Is this forced to be he head gasket? Obviously I took the risk of buying the car unseen, and I’m quite prepared to get it done (or even do It myself), but what does everyone think of the symptoms?

I’d either get it done at the local garage or would anyone be up for a session helping and be furnished with tea and biscuits, beer and sandwiches?!

Spoke to Craig and Howard who have both given some good tips! Would be nice to get it done, as it’s a low mileage car in good condition and I’d like to get it back on the road :)
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Re: 214 SEi HGF?

#2 Post by kevinwillis » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:16 am

Is the any history or sign off the head having been done in the past. If so a good coolant flush and cleanout might have been missed and could be all it needs.

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Re: 214 SEi HGF?

#3 Post by crepello » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:24 am

An instance has been recorded of a HG being replaced, but forgetting the hollow dowel the pressurised oil uses to get to the head...

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Re: 214 SEi HGF?

#4 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:54 am

kevinwillis wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:16 am
Is the any history or sign off the head having been done in the past. If so a good coolant flush and cleanout might have been missed and could be all it needs.
Good point Kevin, could just be a flush. The service booked is marked up to about 35,000 miles, and it’s on 49k now, and was advised it was serviced annually despite the low annual mileage, by a local mechanic. No record of the HG but will find out.
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Re: 214 SEi HGF?

#5 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:55 am

crepello wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:24 am
An instance has been recorded of a HG being replaced, but forgetting the hollow dowel the pressurised oil uses to get to the head...
Is that a part that should have been swapped if it has been done?
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Re: 214 SEi HGF?

#6 Post by itcaptainslow » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:00 am

I’d certainly get involved if I were closer-to be honest from your description it does sound like HGF. I’d use the opportunity to get it done whilst changing the cambelt etc-no doubt this will probably be due on time anyway, and if you’re changing the cambelt you’re almost halfway there anyway...
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Re: 214 SEi HGF?

#7 Post by 1234dist » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:25 am

As far as I’m concerned the mileage denotes the reason the change the gasket, all the other symptoms are just fuel to the fire.

Better to do it now while it’s easy to clean than when all pipes are full of mayo.
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Re: 214 SEi HGF?

#8 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:45 am

1234dist wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:25 am
As far as I’m concerned the mileage denotes the reason the change the gasket, all the other symptoms are just fuel to the fire.

Better to do it now while it’s easy to clean than when all pipes are full of mayo.
Cheers mate. It’s going to need some time and money putting into it.
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Re: 214 SEi HGF?

#9 Post by 1234dist » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:58 am

You know where I am if you need me.
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Re: 214 SEi HGF?

#10 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:17 pm

1234dist wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:58 am
You know where I am if you need me.
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