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Join Date: Feb 2002
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When they build the car they install the engine as a single unit, rather than continue to assemble it once it's installed. If they can get it in as a single component, then you should be able to get it out (probably from below).
Head gaskets typically fail if the engine has been allowed to overheat or if the antifreeze/coolant concentration has become old or diluted. The main job of coolant, is not so much to stop the water from freezing but to stop the water from corroding the engine components. The gasket is a fibre/plasticky material sandwich with a steel mesh inside it. Water can seep into the fibre layer and when it does it can corrode the steel mesh. That makes the gasket weaker and it can rip or tear under pressure.
Keep the coolant at 50% concentration (coolant to distilled water) and always top it up with neat coolant, since the coolant degrades over time (2 years for the blue, 5 years for the pink flavours respectively)... so you do got to keep it fresh.
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