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Old 11 May 2008, 10:57 pm
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Default Does K&W or Bars Leak work for headgasket

Hi all, I just bought a 2001 Honda Civic EX AT 1.7 120K for my 16 year old. I think the people I bought it from scamed me. They had "all the records" including a replaced headgasket and timing belt/waterpump at 101K. I've had the car for about a month and a half and the car runs great. No leaks from oil radiator ect. basicly a clean car. The other day my wife and I are comming home from a 40 mile drive and we get stuck in traffic. About 8 minutes of waiting to move the temp gauge goes to the dreaded red zone thankfully traffic started to move and we only had 3 miles to go no problem getting home. Later we take the car to my mechanic for a diagnostic. He calls to tell me I probobly need a new motor!! And i'm like your kidding me right?? He said that since the headgasket was replace not long ago its more than likely a bad head or a cracked block. He said the coolant is going out the exhaust. The reason I think we may have been had is there is a blackish sort of residue around the top of the overflow resivoir and the heater won't blow warm air even after engine is fully warmed up have to drive it for 7-8 miles before warm air comes out. If it is a blown head or cracked block I probably wouldn't go for a new motor. Has anyone had any luck with this type of product long term???
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Ya'll just jump out there!!
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Ya'll just jump out there!!
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Thanks for the help
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Old 12 May 2008, 04:19 pm
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Default Re: Does K&W or Bars Leak work for headgasket

Stuff like that does not generally hold up long term. It will get you back home in a pinch, or allow one to sell a clunker if one has no scruples. Now you have experienced the downside, and the need to have an experienced mechanic check out a used car for sale.
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