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I have bought an R32 GTR recently, coming from a Mitsubishi Evo IV.


One week ago I had the cam belt changed and decided to upgrade the head gasket for a steel one at the local garage (not a specialist - more a monkey).
He did not skim the head before re assembling and basically wasted a £300 gasket and cam belt.

Now there is a slight bit of oil in my radiator.

I think the car is suffering from this problem.

How can I fix this?
Is it dangerous to drive like this?

How much do you think it will cost?

Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

J :smokin:
 

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Is that very bad?
I'm not very technical at all.

Are you saying the the cylinder head is cracked?

Is this more expensive to fix than just replacing with a standard head gasket?

How much to fix?
What parts do I need to repair?
Is my engine in danger if I do not fix this?
Anyone had the same problem?

Thanks for your reply

J
 

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Get it to a specialist mate, asap.

Id try not to drive it if you can incase its just a dodgy gasket and the head is salvagable.
 

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I find it hard to believe a motor mechanic could crack a head removing and refitting it. Most likely the oil got into the water when the head was pulled off.

Re-new the oil and flush out the rad and re-fill and see it the oil comes back.
 

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Aleardy done.

I check the oil everyday and top up when neccessary.

There is only a small amount of oil which I clean of the radiator cap everyday.
What else could it be besides for that??
 

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In my experiance, a cracked head puts loads of oil on the water. However, I guess there must be the ability for the head to crack a little or a lot.

So you remove a little oil from the water.

This might sound a little odd, but are you sure you cleaned out the water system real well. It took me 8 times when my head cracked to get it totally clean. I put the rad in the bath to soak the top of it cos the oil seems to stay there and not clean up if left in the car.

Maybe get a garage to pressurise the rad and see if there is a crack. It might not show if the head is cold though.
 

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I will try that. Thanks

Also, unrelated... Why the hell are R32 GTR Clear indicators so damn rare and expensive???

Surely some indicator manufacturer can make them for a small profit???
 

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Are you sure they fitted the head correctly and bolted it down right?, I had a another car recently that had the same symtoms with a steel gasket and the muppets had not bolted the head down properly. And flushing the cooling system can be a pain to get rid of all the oil, it does like to stick to the inside of the rad and the pipes.
 

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Anybody know the best place in London to take it too.

I live in Ilford in Essex.

I was thinking either Extreme or Whiftbitz???

Can anyone recommend a good place to get my engine problems sorted???

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Never heard of them.
Witham is about 50 minute drive and dont really want to drive too far.

I think Whiftbitz is closer in Enfield EN02.

Anyone taken their car to them before?
 

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MartinC said:
Are you sure they fitted the head correctly and bolted it down right?, I had a another car recently that had the same symtoms with a steel gasket and the muppets had not bolted the head down properly. And flushing the cooling system can be a pain to get rid of all the oil, it does like to stick to the inside of the rad and the pipes.
How do I check if this has been done?

Anyway of doing this myself?

Also, over the weekend I will try to remove the Rad and clean it. Is there anything I should know when doing this?

Thanks MartinC for your help.
I hope that it is something small like that as I'd rather than the money on mods than repairs. :D
 

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On the RB engine you can check the head bolts without removing the cams, so its not that hard to double check the bolts are tight.

If you want to clean the cooling system there are products out there to help you do this, just make sure you have a hose and plenty of time, it can take a while to remove all traces of oil from the system.
 

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Where are the head bolts (Sorry I must sound really stupid) - Any diagram available or links to thread which detail how to do this?

I was gonna buy some products to flush out the system, but I thought I had to remove the entire rad???
 
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