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Headgasket gone

vengod Avatar
7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
My headgasket has gone :(

I have just read the thread about someone gettin ripped about brake pads.


How much am i looking for a new headgasket?

Car is a

Fiat punto
W reg
1.2
vengod Avatar
7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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banned#1
Any other problems or JUST the gasket?
#2
ahhh fiat puntos my first ever car never again!

Head Gasket was just the start of all the problems for me back then. If I remember anything between £150-£300
#3
yeah head gasket is an expensive problem. requires quite a few hours of labour. I reckon 200-350
#4
Oh dear, I had that problem twice with the same car, a bit expensive to repair, do you know if its completely broken or partly?
#5
i had a rover that went, the repair to the head gasket would have been more than the cars worth so had to get rid of it, the price above is about right.
#6
It was blowing cold air and the coolant tank keeps emptyin like theres no tomorrow - been told thats linked to the gasket.

Other problems.

Blowing white smoke
Cutting out
Kangroo petrol..

Been told by RAC all linked to Gasket.
#7
Sisters boyfriend, had 4 head gasket changes on his Punto.... common fault on them.

Costs about £250-300 to skim and replace gasket.

Time to think of getting rid I am afraid.


How many miles has it done? About 30-40k??
#8
around £40 for the gasket













Plus another £300 - £400 for the labour
#9
vengod
It was blowing cold air and the coolant tank keeps emptyin like theres no tomorrow - been told thats linked to the gasket.

Other problems.

Blowing white smoke
Cutting out
Kangroo petrol..

Been told by RAC all linked to Gasket.


Might get lucky and just a repair rather than a replacement then! ;-)
#10
Get the timing belt replaced while you are at it!
#11
My mothers head gasket blew on her peagueot 206 and it cost £900. Think it was the worst type of blow though, oil into the water or something.
#12
Check your oil dipstick and filler cap. If you have a milky residue then it's a sure sign the gasket is on its way out. This is an emulsion of the coolant and the oil.

Depending on how easy it is to take the head off the car will depend on the cost. You may find you can get someone to do it for about £100 if you get the bits and you shop around. Play a couple of garages against each other to try and bring the price down.

T
#13
If you losing loads of water it could be the problem like I had on my punto had to keep putting water in it every journey and carry water in the car if I needed top up.

It came to the conclusion it was an cog in the gearbox or soemthing like that which had an hole in it and was leaking water then that water ruined the radiator then the head gasket it was an awful mess.
banned#14
ifyoudontask?
Get the timing belt replaced while you are at it!


What's with getting the timing belt done too? Just had mine done and starting to get early signs of head gasket. Bought the head gasket and bolts £4.50 each for 10, cost more than the gasket but bought direct from VW. I've bought aftermarket parts before and they are just ****.
#15
lumoruk
What's with getting the timing belt done too? Just had mine done and starting to get early signs of head gasket. Bought the head gasket and bolts £4.50 each for 10, cost more than the gasket but bought direct from VW. I've bought aftermarket parts before and they are just ****.


If I were doing the job myself I would definetley replace cam belt whilst head is stripped saves a job down the line and for the sake of the cost of a cambelt its no biggie.

However at a garage they may add it as another seperate job and just book standard labour time ontop of existing job, so be careful!
#16
Top all levels up drive to garage and Trade it in quick ;-) , you'll spend loads if the cylinder heads warped and needs skimming too.............GET RID ASAP :thumbsup:

These are commonly called in the trade a Fiat *unto, you fill in the gap ;-)
banned#17
Celticsun
If I were doing the job myself I would definetley replace cam belt whilst head is stripped saves a job down the line and for the sake of the cost of a cambelt its no biggie.

However at a garage they may add it as another seperate job and just book standard labour time ontop of existing job, so be careful!


Okay so if it's just been replaced no point doing it again, just they will include the charge of redoing the timing.
#18
lumoruk
Okay so if it's just been replaced no point doing it again, just they will include the charge of redoing the timing.


As I say If i were doing it myself I would, if your removing the head then you have to take the belt off and your taking the tension off and putting it back on again its a weak link, if head is done properly and the belts just been changed shouldn't be an issue.

I am just paranoid about cambelts now, its game over if they go, unless you have a boxer engine which is free rolling
banned#19
Celticsun
As I say If i were doing it myself I would, if your removing the head then you have to take the belt off and your taking the tension off and putting it back on again its a weak link, if head is done properly and the belts just been changed shouldn't be an issue.

I am just paranoid about cambelts now, its game over if they go, unless you have a boxer engine which is free rolling


was £40 for my belt kit, £5 more expensive than the GTI version strangely :thinking: probably worth doing again as is cheap compared to newer cars.
#20
You sure this model has a cam belt?
#21
lumoruk
What's with getting the timing belt done too? Just had mine done and starting to get early signs of head gasket. Bought the head gasket and bolts £4.50 each for 10, cost more than the gasket but bought direct from VW. I've bought aftermarket parts before and they are just ****.


If you mean you've already replaced the cam belt recently and are planning to do the gasket then don't worry too much about it . But it is best to replace old ones on a head job (and waterpump if it runs off the cambelt), not worth risking it snapping and having to redo the whole lot twice:thumbsup:

Lot of car problems on here today:thinking:
banned#22
Shengis

Lot of car problems on here today:thinking:


Tis winter....here's another one...my central locking won't bloody open when it's below 0 degrees :oops: when it unlocks it then locks again.
#23
lumoruk
Tis winter....here's another one...my central locking won't bloody open when it's below 0 degrees :oops: when it unlocks it then locks again.


The wife couldn't lock her Xsara the other night. Bit of a pain as the only lock on the boot is controlled by the C/L circuit:lol: Have you tried sitting in the car and forcing the internal lock on the drivers door? Might be a bit stiff and causing it to cycle.
banned#24
Shengis
The wife couldn't lock her Xsara the other night. Bit of a pain as the only lock on the boot is controlled by the C/L circuit:lol: Have you tried sitting in the car and forcing the internal lock on the drivers door? Might be a bit stiff and causing it to cycle.


Will give it a bash, but think in the end I'm just going to have to rip all the door cards off and grease them up. Once had to smash a window in because the car locked it self after I had started the engine and got out to scrape the ice.
#25
lumoruk
Tis winter....here's another one...my central locking won't bloody open when it's below 0 degrees :oops: when it unlocks it then locks again.


You wont need full cam belt kit if you have just changed it, the rollers/tensioners will be fine, if your gonna do it just change the belt.

As far as your cental locking, sounds like there is moisture in the solenoids, if you can be @rsed take door cards out, locate solenoid spray with some WD40.
#26
Ive had a man out - he will replace it all and fix it for £235

He gonna replace my timing belt aswell.
#27
hes starting saturday and reckons will be back on the road tuesday afternoon
#28
Celticsun


How many miles has it done? About 30-40k??


94, 800
#29
vengod
Ive had a man out - he will replace it all and fix it for £235

He gonna replace my timing belt aswell.


Sounds fair! ;-)
#30
vengod
94, 800


Thats pretty good mileage for a punto on one head gasket from experience!

Once you have had the work done, keep a close eye on your water levels.
#31
Celticsun
Thats pretty good mileage for a punto on one head gasket from experience!

Once you have had the work done, keep a close eye on your water levels.


I will be keeping an eye on everything thanks

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