Monday, February 20, 2006

What I Did On Sunday...

.. and what I will be doing on Monday, and Tuesday, etc. etc.

Engine

Turbo

Cylinders

You see, my car has a blown head gasket. When you have a blown head gasket, you know because your car will lose water and run hot, feels like not all cylinders are firing, and develop a milky foam on the dipstic and on the inside of the oil cap. In college, I had a car that would blown head gaskets every six without fail. As I was extremely cash deficient at the time, being in college and all, I got very, very good at repairing this problem myself. Lets just say a torque wrench was one of my best investments.




This is likely where the problem occurred. It is the # 3 cylinder in my engine, and is known to be the weak spot in this engines design. If you look closely, you can see the arrow points to two partially clogged passages. The clog is caused by something I put into the engine called Barr's Stop Leak. It temporarily fixes blown head gaskets. I started the repair now because I think the stuff was starting to wear off, so I figured now is as good a time as any to tackle the job. My car, a 1987 Subaru GL-10 Turbo Wagon, has two cylinder heads, one on each side of the engine. Though the other head showed no signs of having a blown gasket, it is always a good idea to replace both gaskets since you have the engine apart anyway. kkjj

2 comments:

Scootmaroo said...

Why do I really think this is a diagram of my heart and it's arteries????

Intelligent Design, don't you know....

Sigh......

All I will be doing this week is opening a high school play.

Citizen Deux said...

When I blew the engine on my 1980 Olds Delta 88, there was no way I could conduct the sort of open heart surgery you are undertaking.

Good luck!