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Old 3rd December 2013, 09:28   #1
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Default Rover 75 Head Gasket....again !

Rover 75 1.8 SE Auto (2003)

Yes, it's the age old problem of the head gasket again !
I had the gasket first changed 3½ years ago.
I last had it done 6 months ago at a 'reputable' garage who did the job with the uprated gasket kit but gave me no warranty as the fault is so common - as we all know !
Well, the head gasket's gone again. I've got no oil in the water, but the water is slowly leaking into the oil.
The car is still running nicely with no problems - I recently did a 300 mile trip in it and you wouldn't have known that the head gasket was blown.
I really like the car and want to take my time looking for a different car to replace it but ideally would like to keep it.
My query is this : Can I keep the car going for longer by dropping the contaminated oil out and refilling it afresh every few months ?
Is it worth replacing the head gasket again, (and if so can anyone recommend a more reputable place to have it done ? I'm in S. Wales), or should I just get rid of the car ?
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Old 3rd December 2013, 10:25   #2
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Did you fix the cause of the hgf? If not it will obviously keep happening.
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Old 3rd December 2013, 12:06   #3
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Is it worth replacing the head gasket again, (and if so can anyone recommend a more reputable place to have it done ? I'm in S. Wales), or should I just get rid of the car ?
David,

Keep the car and take it to one of the reputable 75/ZT specialists on this forum such as Lates, Jules, Austin Garages, TSAutos, etc.

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Old 3rd December 2013, 15:06   #4
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Yeah as above get it fixed, it might be a common problem but if fixed correctly will give years of trouble free motoring.

The last garage to do it is best avoided as there not confident in there own work to warrant it.

Also if you use the newer MLS one I was told if you don't change the bearing ladder there was no point in fitting the MLS one. Could be wrong as I don't strip and repair engines.

But my own 1.8t nearly had repeated HGF due to Muppet putting another stat in at the back of the engine, lucky I caught it before damage was done but nodoubt if it had gone tje garagebwould have blamed the Rover K series and not there stupid knowledge of the engine and job.
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There can be non HGF causes for what you see. A leaking inlet manifold is the easiest and cheapest to rectify.
Apart from that leaks around the liners, a crack or an unsealed waterway near the sump.
http://www.the75andztclub.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=36562
http://www.the75andztclub.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=130997 (see p.1,2,3)
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Old 3rd December 2013, 17:18   #6
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It's a common thing for every man and his dog to refer to the Land Rover MLS gasket as 'uprated', but if the original problem isn't sorted you'll have the same issue again down the line.
The Land Rover gasket actually fairs worse on engines with low or uneven liners, usually having another failure either immediately or shortly after repair is common if your engine suffers with these.

I vote fitting the Payen BW750 (blue sealant, latest version) and of course renewing all cooling system components - belt and braces approach.
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I have used an MSL head gasket from Victor Reinz, and I can vouch that these are top quality components, I don't think you can go wrong.
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I have used an MSL head gasket from Victor Reinz, and I can vouch that these are top quality components, I don't think you can go wrong.
Indeed - they're the MLS gaskets I supply. They're very good as long as liners are checked before fitting.
The only way you can go wrong is fitting one to an engine with low liners, and having your own heated waterfall from under the exhaust manifold...
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Old 12th December 2013, 12:09   #9
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Thanks for all your advice.
After reading kaiser's reply and links I've gone down the road of adding K-Seal to my water for now.
I'll let you know how everything progresses.

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