How impatient/cheap/stupid am I being?

I have a head gasket leak. Can I just crank down my existing gasket or should I spend the $ and sit anxiously awaiting it's arrival?

Re: How impatient/cheap/stupid am I being?

"spend the $ and sit anxiously awaiting it's arrival" It'll cost you like $5 and treats will have it at your door before you know it.

Re: How impatient/cheap/stupid am I being?

You would likely snap a bolt/stud trying to tighten it anyway. Also if you have a leak it nearly guaranteed that you need to remove the head and/or cylinder and deck them down with some sandpaper and a piece of glass/marble/granite until the low spot is gone. Do not take that to mean you put the sandpaper to the head. Sit the thing on top of the flat glass surface and work it back and forth over the paper. You will never get it perfectly flat free handing it.

Re: How impatient/cheap/stupid am I being?

DPC Ryan Wrote:

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> You would likely snap a bolt/stud trying to

> tighten it anyway. Also if you have a leak it

> nearly guaranteed that you need to remove the head

> and/or cylinder and deck them down with some

> sandpaper and a piece of glass/marble/granite

> until the low spot is gone. Do not take that to

> mean you put the sandpaper to the head. Sit the

> thing on top of the flat glass surface and work it

> back and forth over the paper. You will never get

> it perfectly flat free handing it.

Parts ordered. My girlfriend is gonna kill me when she catches me doing this on the kitchen counter.

Re: How impatient/cheap/stupid am I being?

Do it when she isnt home. It wont hurt the counter if you dont push through the paper.

Re: How impatient/cheap/stupid am I being?

cut your own gaskets or buy one.

trying to overtorque a leak away is only going to break the stud. if you're real unlucky you tear the threads outta the cases. it's a bad bad bad idea.

I did it once in my early moments. it ended very badly.

Re: How impatient/cheap/stupid am I being?

I don't run head gaskets.... 1200 grit for life. Leaks = past.

Anything past 8ft-lbs on m6 in aluminum is asking for trouble.

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