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Old 11-19-2012, 07:39 AM
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Hello all,

During a recent service, my mechanic noticed that petrol was in the coolant fluid.

Thinking back, I've had quite a few problems with the radiator springing leaks and, notably, the header tank welds have burst.

But the petrol issue, to me, seems like head gaskets. Any thoughts?

Whilst the engine is out I know a new clutch is needed. I'll probably look at new engine mounts and most of the pipe work. Is there any things else I need to consider?

Worried in England.
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by petrol, do you mean engine oil or gasoline?

While you are in there:

- check cam chain tension
- if doing the clutch, do the front and rear main seals if leaking
- check engine mounts as you say
- might as well check compression and leakdown
- CV boot if they havent been done in a while

if you are doing the clutch you best start scrounging for parts now, or pay out the nose through Lamborghini.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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You might want to replace the seals on the output shafts. A couple of us have had them start leaking.
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Thanks for the advice.

It was a smell of petrol, when opening the header tank cap.
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Unfortunately, it sounds like a blown head gasket or a cracked head. The smell of gas is probably gas vapors leaking from the the combustion chamber into the coolant....either that or you are smelling oil which as seeped into the cooling system through the blown gasket or cracked head. either or, same answer. I am no expert, and I hope I am wrong.

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Hey ho all,

So the engine is out ready for stripping and investigation over the break.





Some of the interesting stuff found so far...

This engine mount is loose. Not sure if this is the bolt that is loose or that the stud has come out of the block.


There are some leaks around the oil return tube. There are a couple of leaks in the manifold and one of them is cracked.


More leaky tubes and a burst gasket at the sump. Also found that the dipstick tube had been resting on the drive shaft. Which is nice.

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Wow, good luck my man.

you might think about stockpiling the "while you are in there" parts", but obviously the first order of business is figuring what is wrong with her.

Keep us posted.


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Hi Guys,

Now the silly season is out of the way, it is back to business.

As Sledge suggested, it is time to start sourcing parts.

My first task is gaskets. Looking around they seem quite pricey, circa 1200USD for a set of NOS.

After the cost, my concern is that these things will have been on the shelf for around 30 years...

Has anyone found an alternative solution?
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when you order a head gasket set at the dealer you will get a new one.
when you look on ebay.de you can find them even cheaper than $1200.
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when you order a head gasket set at the dealer you will get a new one.
you will also get reamed a new one

suggest you call George Evans, or send them an email, they are good at returning emails.

All Italian Car Parts has the head gaskets listed for $550, but you will need more that just those gaskets.


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