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Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Waldorf, Maryland
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Need Advice - Blown Head Gasket
This morning I noticed a little steam coming out of my grill when I come to a stop. Temperature gauge was okay. I can actually see where coolant is leaking out above no.1 cylinder on the intake manifold side. Appeared to be a blown head gasket. Started engine back up to see what else I could find and steam started coming out of exhaust. So I have confirmed that it is what I originally suspected. I am mechanically inclined. However, I have only had my Samurai for a little while and have a couple of questions before I get started:
Is it possible to take the entire intake manifold off with the carb still attached? I could save some time and headache here.
Are these heads prone to warping? I know the block and head are aluminum and this always a possiblity, just asking if this is common problem.
Anyone have a good used 1.3L head for sale just in case?
What brand head gasket is the best for this head? Original Suzuki, Fel-Pro, etc...
The distributor is mounted behind the head. Can it be removed with the head or does it need to be removed before the head comes off?
Any tricks one could share in doing this procedure would be greatly appreciated.
Wife thinks I bought a Samurai because it's good on gas. Boy does she have a surprise coming!