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Old 07-26-2010, 10:12 PM   #1
330iFL
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Head Gasket -- advice requested

About a year ago an indy shop changed out my expansion tank. Unfortunately the hose to the radiator was on crooked. Within seconds of blowing the coolant(visable smoke in the front end of the car) the car overheated and was turned off. The car was towed back to the indy shop who fixed the hose and hoped for the best. The car ran fine for a bit but over the last year we have been chasing a coolant leak which was no where to be found(even under pressure) and as of late the engine has had a terrible miss and running terrible.

Long story short the head was taken off the car and according to the shop it is clearly a failed head gasket which is throwing coolant into cylider #3. This would explain the miss and the illusive coolant leak. The shop is taking responsibility and fixing the problem(huge thumbs up IMO), however I want to make sure it is fixed correctly. What are the chances a "good" mechanic(assuming) can pull the head and tell the head is not cracked or warped and a valve job is not needed?

The mechanic wants me to come by the shop to show me the problem he sees(cylinder #3). My train of thought tells me the head should go to a machine shop to check for any cracks/hairline cracks and I am not sure if/when a valve job is nesessary. If it was your car what would you ask of the shop? Simply replace the gasket, new valve job and gasket, send head to machine shop, etc. Thanks for the help!
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