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Old 01-29-2013, 08:52 PM
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89 Honda Civic Head Gasket

Checking to see if anyone has experience on these cars.
About a year ago a friend of mine was given this car so he
did a overhaul on the engine then drove it for about seven months.
It blew a head gasket so we snatched the head off, had it reworked and milled to assure flatness. We used new head bolts and a fel pro gasket. This time it's ran a week and today when he was riding home it blew the head gasket again. The car hasn't ran hot, which is another part of it that mystifies. The engine is the standard 4 cylinder. My thoughts are the block is likely warped. However if anyone has any tips on why it keeps blowing the gasket any help is appreciated.

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My thoughts are the block is likely warped.
Sounds right to me.
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sounds right to me.

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89 Honda Civic Head Gasket

Now you know why he was given the car instead of having to pay for it and the previous owner is not feeling guilty by selling it.
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Did you replace the headbolts each time?
Torque to yield bolts wont hold a head gasket if re used.
Also the torque sequence/procedure is pretty important. I have done some pretty crazy ones.
When the torque spec sequence is 5-7 steps and requires loosening and retightening plus a specific degree amount past a certain torque ......gets pretty crazy.
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Did you replace the headbolts each time?

When the torque spec sequence is 5-7 steps and requires loosening and retightening plus a specific degree amount past a certain torque ......gets pretty crazy.
Can you say Subaru. First time I did one I thought they were joking
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Hey Chet. Yeah they are a bit tasky huh?
I like the subarus, AWD comes in handy here in the snow belt.
Seems the head gaskets allways start to weep around wintertime around here.Usually after a car is over 100 K
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YOu checked they were straight and blew again. Were they the correct gasket?

If it is hondas gasket the head gasket is cometic. Made of multiple sheets of soft metal bonded together. They are in fact hard to make fail.
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Can you tell if it is always failing at the same place? Can you at least tell if #3 cylinder, for example, is always the one filled with coolant?

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The last time the head was removed I inspected the gasket and found it failed at one of the steam holes since this engine has siamesed cylinders. His father, who's a 30 year master tech did the head torque and did so with the book opened to the page that gives the order, if there was a certain way it had to be torqued such as doing so in steps it was followed. His father did many head gasket jobs on honda's in the past and never had the issue of repeated failure. However now I don't think it matters much as I don't think he's going to bother to invest the time and money into again as the car really isn't worth it. Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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