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1994 Hyundai Sonata Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 6 Cyl 3.0L Victor Gaskets

P311-22FD81D    5765  New

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  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Graphite
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    • Additional Package Contents: Head Gasket
    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
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      • 94.74
    • Cylinder Head Gasket Material: Graphite
    • Gasket Sealant Included: No
    • Item Grade: Oem Standard
    • Material: Composite
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      • 1.37
    • Torque To Yield: Yes
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1994 - Hyundai Sonata V 6 Cyl 3.0L - 2972
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1997 Hyundai Sonata Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 6 Cyl 3.0L Victor Gaskets

P311-22FD81D    5765  New

HG32780 , MD111805 , MD165614 , 9112 PT , MD147241 , MD143540

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Victor Gaskets Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Graphite Thru 2/97
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    • Additional Package Contents: Head Gasket
    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
      • 3.73
      • 94.74
    • Cylinder Head Gasket Material: Graphite
    • Gasket Sealant Included: No
    • Item Grade: Oem Standard
    • Material: Composite
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      • 1.37
    • Torque To Yield: Yes
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  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
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1997 - Hyundai Sonata V 6 Cyl 3.0L - 2972
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2004 Hyundai Sonata Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 2.4L Victor Gaskets

P311-12B4B8D    54483  New

22311-38200 , 22311-38100 , 26282 PT

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  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Multi-Layered Steel
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      • 87.63
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2004 - Hyundai Sonata L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2351
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P311-361B80C    54451  New

035-2020 , 22311-39501 , 26293 PT

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  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Multi-Layered Steel
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    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
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      • 93.98
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2005 - Hyundai XG350 Right V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3500
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P311-4EB8CBE    54452  New

22311-39502 , 26294 PT

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  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Multi-Layered Steel
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    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
      • 3.71
      • 94.11
    • Cylinder Head Gasket Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Gasket Sealant Included: No
    • Item Grade: Oem Standard
    • Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Package Quantity: 1
    • Thickness:
      • 0.03
      • 0.85
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2004 - Hyundai Santa Fe Left V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3500
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 2.0L Victor Gaskets

P311-3A8A937    54485  New

26181 PT , 22311-23700

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Victor Gaskets Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Multi-Layered Steel
  • Product Attributes:
    • Additional Package Contents: Head Gasket
    • Cylinder Bore Diameter:
      • 3.27
      • 82.93
    • Cylinder Head Gasket Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Gasket Sealant Included: No
    • Item Grade: Oem Standard
    • Material: Multi-layered Steel
    • Package Quantity: 1
    • Thickness:
      • 0.02
      • 0.43
    • Torque To Yield: Yes
  • MAHLE® gaskets provide world class sealing products trusted by OEMs & Technicians around the globe.
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2008 - Hyundai Elantra L 4 Cyl 2.0L - 1975
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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 2.0L Ishino Stone

P311-1E510A6    W0133-2010987  New

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Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
Brand: Ishino Stone
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Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2012 - Hyundai Genesis Coupe L 4 Cyl 2.0L 122 1998
Ishino Stone
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 2.0L Ishino Stone

P311-16A6D19    W0133-1950032  New

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Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
Brand: Ishino Stone
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2015 - Hyundai Santa Fe Sport L 4 Cyl 2.0L 122 1998
Ishino Stone
2003 Hyundai Accent Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 1.5L Ishino Stone

P311-4E9F5B7    W0133-1628318  New

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Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
Brand: Ishino Stone
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2003 - Hyundai Accent L 4 Cyl 1.5L - 1495
DongA
2012 Hyundai Elantra Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 2.0L DongA

P311-07472FA    W0133-1651050  New

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DongA Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: DongA
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Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2012 - Hyundai Elantra L 4 Cyl 2.0L - 1975
Mahle
2006 Hyundai Sonata Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 2.4L Mahle

P311-2B7B448    W0133-1782335  New

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Mahle Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
Brand: Mahle
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2006 - Hyundai Sonata L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2359
Mahle
2007 Hyundai Sonata Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 2.4L Mahle

P311-2B7B448    W0133-1782335  New

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Mahle Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Production: -05/09/2007
Brand: Mahle
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2007 - Hyundai Sonata L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2359 To:05-09-07
DongA
2003 Hyundai Accent Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 1.6L DongA

P311-595BD32    W0133-1650792  New

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DongA Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • ; Production: 10/13/2003-
Brand: DongA
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Vehicle Block Engine CID CC Prod. Date Range
2003 - Hyundai Accent L 4 Cyl 1.6L - 1600 Fr:10-13-03
DongA
2008 Hyundai Accent Engine Cylinder Head Gasket DongA

P311-595BD32    W0133-1650792  New

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DongA Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: DongA
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Vehicle
2008 - Hyundai Accent
Ishino Stone
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 6 Cyl 3.8L Ishino Stone

P311-5F479D8    W0133-1938041  New

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Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
Brand: Ishino Stone
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2010 - Hyundai Genesis Coupe V 6 Cyl 3.8L 231 3778
Elwis
1998 Hyundai Sonata Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 6 Cyl 3.0L Elwis

P311-349C9AF    W0133-1961181  New

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Elwis Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • ; Production: 02/15/1997-
Brand: Elwis
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1998 - Hyundai Sonata V 6 Cyl 3.0L - 2972 Fr:02-15-97
Ishino Stone
2002 Hyundai Sonata Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 6 Cyl 2.7L Ishino Stone

P311-117E5E1    W0133-1649740  New

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Ishino Stone Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
Brand: Ishino Stone
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2002 - Hyundai Sonata V 6 Cyl 2.7L - 2656
DongA
2000 Hyundai Sonata Engine Cylinder Head Gasket 4 Cyl 2.4L DongA

P311-0A662DF    W0133-1919204  New

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DongA Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
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2000 - Hyundai Sonata L 4 Cyl 2.4L - 2351
Keukdong
2002 Hyundai XG350 Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Keukdong

P311-101A225    W0133-1628087  New

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Keukdong Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
  • Right
Brand: Keukdong
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2002 - Hyundai XG350
Keukdong
2003 Hyundai XG350 Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Keukdong

P311-101A225    W0133-1628087  New

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Keukdong Engine Cylinder Head Gasket
  • This Original Equipment Manufacturer part is the same part that was made & installed by the car manufacturer at the factory where the car was produced.
Brand: Keukdong
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2003 - Hyundai XG350

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2002 Hyundai Elantra blown head gasket

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Question From rosandfam5 on 2002 Hyundai Elantra blown head gasket

My dad has a 2002 Hyundai Elantra with 44,000 miles on it. He is the original owner and takes good care of his car. He recently had a blown head gasket repaired on his car and the car has been running fine. He thinks that he should trade the car in because once you
have a blown head gasket repaired you will have more problems with the car. He is also concerned because the oil doesn't get dirty? he said that the oil should start changing color when it is time for an oil change. My dad is 86 and only uses the car for driving around town. Does not drive on the expressway and does not go on long trips. The dealer that he took his car to will give him 2000 as a trade in. He doesn't really want to buy a new car, but is afraid that if he doesn't trade it in now and something else goes wrong he won't get
anything for the car. I think that he should keep the car since it is running okay. But i'm not quite sure what he is talking about with the oil.

Response From Hammer Time

The fact that a head gasket was repaired is not reason to expect more problems. I would be more concerned about what trauma the car was put under for the gasket to blow in the first place. Was the engine overheated to the extreme?

The fact that the oil doesn't get dirty is a good thing, not a bad thing. It means the inside of the engine is clean and not full of sludge which is a real good thing.

Response From rosandfam5

My dad said the car didn't overheat. He said he felt like it was losing power and idling to fast. He was able to drive it home and then took it in the next day and they said he had a blown head gasket. The car has been running fine ever since and that was several months ago.

Response From Hammer Time

It is very rare for a head gasket to blow without heat. In the last 50 blown head gaskets I've seen, 49 were caused by extreme heat.

Response From rosandfam5 Top Rated Answer

Well, you have to remember my dad is 86 and sometimes he has a hard time remembering things so it is possibly that the car overheated and he doesn't remember. I'm just going by what he is telling me what happened and relaying that information on this post. But, I appreciate your answer to my question and I did read your reply to my Dad and he has decided to keep the car. He agreed that since he isn't having any more problems with the car it should be okay. Thanks again for your reply to my question.

Response From Hammer Time

You're welcome.............. The car should be fine.

[HELP] 2004 Hyundai Sonata Head Gasket Repair!!

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Question From bdub3 on [HELP] 2004 Hyundai Sonata Head Gasket Repair!!

Hello, first off I would like to say that I am new to this forum and hope to find some help to my questions so that I can sleep in peace tonight.
So basically, I have an 04 Hyundai Sonata V6 Engine (2 head gaskets) with 170,000 miles on the engine. I have had the radiator and timing belt replaced 40,000 & 10,000 miles ago. I also do believe that the car has had/does have a coolant leak some where in the engine. With this said, I have also been told that the head gasket is loose and thought it was time to replace it. I am getting the job done by a friends relative who is a mechanic in Mexico and therefore I am able to get the job done for ~$600 versus $1600 quote from the shop I usually go to. Now, you can see why this makes me uneasy and a little skeptical about what can happen with a faulty repair especially with a job like this. I have read horrifying stories of people of rods going through engines, oil bursting out engines, liquids seeping into parts they should not be in and causing corrosion that led to ultimate death of their car, and new head gaskets being unable to support their counterparts. I believe that this guy is a good mechanic, but everybody makes mistakes. What are some questions/confirmations that I should ask him about how he replaced my head gasket BEFORE I drive the car out of the garage and back to US. For example, was all the oil/coolant drained prior to repair, etc. Please throw me ANYTHING you might think would be helpful in this scenario and avoid the costly damage that a faulty head gasket repair could have on my engine. Thanks so much! Hope the community can save me on this one and make my car live a long, happy life! :)

Update: The parts being replaced are the head gaskets, new seal, new radiator hose (apparently it was bad, was soft when engine was running), and a new thermostat. He also mentioned he will be pulling the entire engine about because it is a 6 cylinder and there is not enough room to be working inside the engine bay.

Response From Discretesignals Top Rated Answer

The list for performing proper head gasket replacement is extremely long. He should have access to the manufacture's service information of head gasket removal, inspection, and reassembly hopefully. You shouldn't have to remove the engine to pull the heads on that one. Head bolts will probably need to be replaced and the heads and possibly the block decks may need valve or machine work due to mileage or other issues.

Since this is being done under the table by a non licensed or insured repair shop, you are fully liable for anything that goes wrong, either that be from improper service procedures to defective or inferior parts.

Did you get some other quotes from other shops in your area? I've never heard of head gaskets being loose. What makes you believe the engine has a coolant leak internally? Did you have the coolant system pressure tested? 2.7L really aren't known for head gasket issues unless you overheat the crap out of them.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

I wouldn't do it. #1 reason is that vehicles sold to Mexico do NOT have to comply with specs required by vehicles sold to the US and Canada. Total specs can be different and the information could be difficult at best.


You are totally on your own upon return and no recourse if the car never comes back at all!
IMO too risky on too many fronts, T

compression test after head gasket replacement?

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Question From CarotaDaucus on compression test after head gasket replacement?

Hello,

Newbie question here about head-gasket replacement: After the head, new gasket, and everything else is reassembled, is it advisable to perform any kind of objective test, such as cylinder compression or leak-down, to ensure that everything is sealed and working properly? If not, please explain?

To briefly summarize the relevant history, my 2001 Hyundai Elantra overheated, broke down and was taken in for repair, where it was deemed to be showing significant signs of compression loss. This was diagnosed as a blown head-gasket. The head was then tested and approved at a machine shop, and the car is currently being reassembled.

Thanks

Response From CarotaDaucus

Hello again,

I have another question about my car's current repairs.

To give an update on the situation, I haven't seen the car since it broke down on August 6, but here is what the mechanic has told me on the phone: the head gasket, which was originally assumed to be the problem, was replaced and the car was reassembled. However, the car is not running properly. Today (around 10 days after reassembly) I was told that the bottom block is broken and that the engine needs to be replaced. I was told that, unfortunately this is what should have been done from the beginning.

I have not yet given permission to replace the engine. It appears that the repair costs (including an estimate for the engine replacement) are now in the general range of the value of the car (that is, the value, if it were running). The parts estimate for the engine is $850, so I assume this means that this is for a used engine. For these reasons, I'm considering giving the car up. I'd appreciate any advice on this.

Also, given that the repairs done up until now have not fixed the vehicle, and that these repairs will be rendered useless by a full engine replacement, should I be responsible for all of the cost for the currently completed work? Besides labor, there have been replacements of the head gasket, the radiator and some associated hoses, the water pump, and 3 belts.

Thanks

Response From Hammer Time Top Rated Answer

If the original repairs were due to their misdiagnosis of the extent of the problem, then they should absorb those costs if you are planning on going ahead and replacing the engine. If you elect not to replace the engine, then you would have some obligation to the time spent on your car.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

You and the shop seemed to have covered the bases and went ahead and as HT said "after" assembly if not right then what. You just said you overheated to the point of it quitting and that caused significant compression loss. If head gasket was pouring out that badly in any which way it seals compression, oil and coolant from each other in absence of oil contamination, visual of pistons, cylinder walls when apart and if the machine shop was correct about the head being OK then this is a problem.

Not sure why they are so sure now it's lower engine parts after giving you back the car as that could have been ascertained when/if it didn't run properly after the gasket job but might have been fine for then.

What part of the lower end is suspected bad now and how have they concluded that? $850 for a whole used engine would be in the area and always some risk with used with even the best of history and testing.

Rock and hard place situation. If you don't like the current diagnosis if vague and this is close to a lost cause do you want a second opinion from a second shop OR a detail of what is now needed to make this right again now?

T

Response From Hammer Time

It sounds like you have covered all the bases. I wouldn't see the necessity to test any further unless you encounter a problem after assembly.

2002 Hyundai Elantra Bad Head Gasket

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Question From thedudeabides on 2002 Hyundai Elantra Bad Head Gasket

2002 Hyundai Elantra
2 liter engine
108,000 miles

A little history. I've owned this car since 2002. Around 2007 I was driving home late at night and didn't notice my car was overheating until I saw smoke from the engine. By that time it was too late. Warped head gasket, all places recommended a new motor. So it was replaced.

About a year ago I noticed the temperature of the engine would creep up occasionally to about 3/4 of the way up, then go back down.

I spent the next year trying to get the issue sorted, and ended up replacing the radiator and water pump a few months ago, thinking it was fixed.

Literally two days before I move to NYC from Seattle, the check engine light comes on. Cylinder 1 misfire, after diagnostic I'm told I have yet another bad head gasket.

At this point a) could not afford the repair b)didn't have time anyway I was schedule to leave in a couple days and they couldn't have gotten it done in time

So I took a gamble and drove across the country with a bad head gasket. The car luckily got me to NYC, the only issue I had was springing a leak in the upper radiator hose in Wyoming, once it was fixed I was on my way. And surprisingly the check engine light turned off about 1/2 way across the country.

Since I've been in NYC, in the last week the temperature would creep a bit and then go back down. And then the other day it started smoking and I had it towed to a mechanic. Another leak in the upper radiator hose and he said the thermostat needed to be replaced.

The car was running again at least but today it was creeping up too high and staying at 3/4 up and not going back down. Its looking like I've gone as far as I can go with this car without dropping some more serious cash on it.

The head gasket job is definitely worth more than the car at this point.

My question: Even if that's the case, would it be so ridiculous at this point to go ahead with the repair? If the job costs me $1500-$2000 and I have a reliable car again, it seems to me that would still be cheaper than buying another car.

Is it possible to get a reliable used car for under $2000?

I know I'm in NYC and most would assume I don't need a car but I still do. I live in Brooklyn and work in Long Island, Queens, Connecticut...all over.

Given this info, do you think the head gasket job would solve my issues?

Thanks in advance.

Response From Mycar Isjunk Top Rated Answer

Wouldn't a simple compression test reveal a bad head gasket?

Response From Hammer Time

No, not usually. There is usually some compression loss but not usually enough for a confirmation. The loss could be due to other reasons also.

Response From thedudeabides

Well after I got it back the second time it seems to be running fine now. It seems he adjusted the thermostat to release coolant sooner or something, I dunno. Not a car guy myself as you can tell. And I don't know if this is a band-aid fix or addressing the real issue but either way I really don't want to have to drop a bunch of money on my car right now.

And now my heat works when I'm idling, which hasn't been the case in years.

Anyway, thanks for the info.

Response From Hammer Time

You need to find better repair shops. There is no such thing as "adjusting a thermostat" and installing a lower temp stat or even worse, removing it would be a big no,no. The engine requires a minimum temperature.

Response From thedudeabides

Well I think he might have installed a lower temperature thermostat. Adjusting it was just my vague recollection him telling me about something I don't understand. I'm sure you're right either way however. Could I see if he just pulled it out altogether by popping the hood?

Response From Hammer Time

No, you won't be able to see it. Either ways, it's the wrong thing to do.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

An IR thermometer could be telling without taking t-stat out and looking and if no thermostat it's big trouble as HT has said,

T

Response From Hammer Time

I really question the initial diagnosis of a blown head gasket. I find it very hard to believe that it would drive across the country with a blown gasket. I think I would get a second opinion now. If you do ultimately confirm it, I think it would be worth fixing and I wouldn't expect it to cost over $1200, assuming the rest of the car is in decent enough shape. Make sure the transmission is still healthy before making that investment.

Response From thedudeabides

Hammer Time,

Thanks for your response. I found the diagnostic notes here, maybe this will shed some light onto the situation. I didn't mention that I omitted the opinion of the blown head gasket to the guy working on my car now to see what he says. After bringing my car back to him, he said that's what he suspects given what I told him. I also forgot to mention that I was leaking coolant during the past year and would periodically have to pull over and re fill.

Today when I did that as soon as I cracked open the radiator cap the coolant came shooting out with a bunch of steam.

Here's what the guys in Seattle said:

"Coolant System Diagnostics.

Includes verifying proper coolant level, pressurizing coolant system to check for coolant leaks, test radiator for cold spots (blockage), testing coolant for quality and freezing point, verify proper thermostat and radiator cap operation, check water pump belt tension (when accessible) and verifying proper coolant fan/fan clutch operation.

Vehicle did not overheat, stayed just below 1/2 on temperature gauge, based on customers description, sustpect possible heade gasket issue. Checked coolant and oil levels and condition. Coolant slightly low (1 pt) wet on right inner fender area around over flow. Oil is dirty and has some water droplets on dip stick. Topped off coolant, started vehicle with pressure tester on - light steam from exhaust and builds pressure failry rapidly. Turn vehicle off and removed pressure tester and performed block test. Block test and fluid turned yellow pretty quickly and tube filled also with exhaust smoke. Scanned computer and confirmed code :P0301 = Cylinder misfire detected.
Bad head gasket and possible cracked head. Ignition wires are original as well.
Recommend complete head gasket job, pull head send out for pressure test and re surface, recommend timing belt and ignition system tune up at the same time."

Response From Hammer Time

There is something about those notes and your driving experience that just don't jive. I've done many chemical tests for blown head gaskets and to say they are easy to verify a blown head gasket would be a stretch. Everything you are saying about the way the car drives would indicate a very small leak if any at all and to say that the fluid test turned yellow quickly is very hard for me to believe. I think I would want a better form of verification than that. That is the only actual test that all this is being based on. Everyone else is basing things on symptoms that you describe and that isn't reliable at all. The only reliable ways to confirm a blown head gasket is with either using and exhaust analyzer to sniff HC at the radiator or to actually see coolant in a cylinder after a long pressure test. Pressurizing the cylinders with air pressure and looking for bubbles in the radiator with the engine off would be another reliable method.