Did they explain why a cracked head vs. a head gasket failure? Personally I’d be suspicious at an ambitious diagnosis like that, even if they had looked at it in person (unless there are visible cracks, assuming a cracked head vs head gasket failure is not the logical first assumption).
I actually have a spare head. Also in my area it’s not too uncommon to see them for sale for not too much money.
Just had a call, again. They told me that they specifically checked for HGF using various techniques (compression test, testing fluid(?)) but they couldn't pinpoint anything, but they started suspecting a cracked head (or worse, a cracked block) when with a cold start the exhaust fumes smelled sweet. Additionally, coolant/gases were supposedly immediately spraying from the radiator with a cold start.Heh, don't understand why cracked head and not broken gasket. May be they does pressure test with single engine head?
BTW it can be deformed due to overheating, then milling of surface adjacent to shortblock can be helpful
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I agree with going with cheapest things first (I haven't been doing anything else until now), but I'm not sure how much I can reuse the bolts/gaskets if the head needs to be removed a second time.Are you saying it’s €1200 for a head gasket replacement?
I think fedosis’ thoughts are good, in that if you are going to fix the car you should start with the cheaper and more likely scenario.
I’d be happy to ship the head to you if it turns out you could use it. I wouldn’t want very much for it, though I don’t know how much shipping would be. It’s the head on the engine that came with my car (when I rebuilt the engine I bought a used block and head) and would probably benefit from replacing valve seals and resurfacing.
Hopefully, that is the cause of the leak. I had a similar problem where the car will overheat when idling. The culprit is the fan terminals were connected in reverse. The other one, the upper hose is loose.Will keep you posted. I would prefer to have to replace/repair the heater loop over the headgasket.
Using an OBDII reader, check how fast temperatures increase from cold start during a short trip (non-, can be a rough estimation (I need to know in terms of #degrees F/C per 10 seconds), or a general indication of "it took me a 10 minute drive before temps were 50% of normal operating temperatures". I want to know how unusual it is that my temps increase so fast.