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Anyone used/heard of "Steel Seal"??

Hi there, it's been a while since I checked out Alfa Owner, largely due to not owning an Alfa anymore (but hope to again one day) but wanted to pick everyones brains re a supposedly amazing liquid called "Steel Seal" which is supposed to fix head gasket failures and cracked heads etc. Sounds too good to be true. Was actually thinking about using this on my daughters 1999 Corsa but of course is applicable to Alfas or indeed any engine. Any advice/suggestions would be good. I think for £30 plus some anti-freeze it's got be worth a go. Have read lots of positive reviews but love to hear from someone who's actually used it. Check out: SteelSeal.co.uk Head Gasket Fix
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These products have been around for years.
That one looks expensive.

All are product of last resort on a car you are thinking of scrapping anyway, i'd say.
 
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Thanks for your reply. I know similar products have been around for years but this one seems a lot better so was hoping someone who's actually used it could verify it for me. I think £30/40 is cheap compared to a rebuild for an old car worth only a few hundred quid.
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Thanks for your reply. I know similar products have been around for years but this one seems a lot better so was hoping someone who's actually used it could verify it for me. I think £30/40 is cheap compared to a rebuild for an old car worth only a few hundred quid.
Try the Rover forum?
 
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My opinion... Don't bother. Your £30 would be better spent at the pub
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Granted I don't want to waste money unnecessarily but you don't just scrap a car that can be fixed. £500/600 versus £40 is a no brainer surely..........??
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Google it.


Small chance it'll work, but on a modern engine more likely it'll gum
all sorts of stuff up too.
 
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Thanks for all the responses but not really telling me much here. I have googled this a lot and unless I'm a real mug this does seem like a very good idea compared to the huge cost of repair. I know this isn't fixing the problem properly but on an old car worth only a few hundred pounds there's a good chance it will save the car - you would be fairly mad to spend £500/600 on repairing a car of similar value. Steel Seal supposedly doesn't gum up all sorts of stuff which similar and apparently inferior products can do. I now sound like a salesman for this stuff (I'm not!) but assumed someone like-minded out there may have thought it was worth a go and tried it. Hopefully it won't come to this anyway in which case the whole topic is academic but was merely planning for the worst...
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Stuff like this is usually a temporary "get me home" fix. I doubt that it can fix headgasket issues where leaks occur between cooling and oil channels either.

In my opinion, it's only going to prolong the inevetable failure and you could end up shelling out more on a proper repair.

My theory is that if it's a cheap fix, it'll not last long.

By all means, give it a whirl, I just don't think this will be up to the job
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I think the question nobody is asking is "how long do you want to keep the Corsa on the road for?"

From what you have posted, it sounds like a no-brainer to prolong the life of this particular car, even for 3 months.

If I were in your position, I would make the fix and look to p/x the Corsa asap.

Oh, could you let us know if the product you mentioned is effective? (Although I can't see an Alfisti using such a thing on their beloved Alfa ;-)
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I ran an e30 on K-Seal for 6 months. It worked a treat until it stopped working.
 
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Is K-Seal for radiators?
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nope, thats radweld.

K-seal is the original head gasket bodge.

It only works on very minor failures and it is not a permanent fix. It will also clog up allsorts and cause more grief in the end if you want to fix it properly.

As said, if you use it (and it works), get rid of the car to someone you hate, asap.
 
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Ah right. Thought i'd seen that stuff at the counter of ECP advertised as a coolant leak sealer.

On a side note, they were selling some novelty Carplan aerosols at the counter, http://www.carplan.co.uk/index.cfm?category=93, it was the silicone DD that caught my eye

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Thats what it is... you add it to the coolant and it fixes any leaks in the headgasket/head etc.
 
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nope, thats radweld.

K-seal is the original head gasket bodge.

It only works on very minor failures and it is not a permanent fix. It will also clog up allsorts and cause more grief in the end if you want to fix it properly.

As said, if you use it (and it works), get rid of the car to someone you hate, asap.
Kseal is far from a bodge,it was designed for a specific job,head gasket failure and providing you can keep water in the block long enough for the stuff to work,it will,and without gunging up the waterways.I have used it on a Peugot diesel,sold that two years later and it was still good,also "cured" a heater matrix on my Saab 9000 that moved to my daughter when I had finished with it and is still OK after 15000miles.
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Some very unhelpful uninformed responses here... I can tell you my colleague used this on his old escort when it was blowing blue smoke badly as a last resort before scrapping. He has since run the car for another 10k miles with zero blue smoke, which I can personally vouch for since I followed him home a couple of weeks ago. As was said previously, its worth a punt if its a car or engine you're otherwise going to scrap. My colleague said he wouldnt have believe it would work but it definately did, and worked well...
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There is a big difference between an old Escort and an Alfa ... it doesn't take much to clog the waterways in an Alfa rad. Using hard water to mix coolant is one (or just putting hard water straight from tap to rad is another!)
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