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#1 Old 11-21-2012, 08:30 PM
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Any tips on Head gasket? VC gaskets? and intake manifold gasket?

I have an '01 with a exterior coolant leak, and after the last oil change and seafoam, what looked like some evaporated coolant inside the oil cap, and my valve cover gaskets are leaking.

The oil and coolant both look good so if my head gasket is leaking, it isn't too bad yet...

I have to do the valve covers so obviously will be doing the intake manifold gasket as well, so I've got those gaskets to pick up and the little rubber grommet thingys.

Are there any other parts I should be replacing at the same time?

As far as the head gasket goes, I'm still monitoring it since it showed up right after I did the seafoam thing, but I need to make a decision soon since I'll be in there already for the above mentioned stuff.

If I do tackle the head gasket, are there any tips and will I need more parts than just the things I've listed above?

I won't be doing the timing belt unless it's a mess when I get in there since it was already done about 30k kilometres ago. I guess I should also do new exhaust manifolds or headers though

Is there anything else I should do while I'm in there?

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#2 Old 11-22-2012, 11:01 AM
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Since you're pulling the intake to do the driver side cover, there will never be a better time to do the spark plugs.
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#3 Old 11-22-2012, 07:33 PM
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They were done at the same time as the timing belt so they aren't due for another 120k or so.

Anyone else got some suggestions?

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You need upper and lower intake gaskets and exhaust gaskets. There is a bolt that goes through the timing belt back plate into the lower intake manifold. Don't forget to remove that bolt or else you'll never get the lower intake off.
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thanks,
so I was looking around a bit and found this head gasket kit on Ebay, good deal?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tchlink:top:en
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I think it is a good deal since just the bolts from courtesy nissan would be over $100...
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Rock auto will have all the gaskets you need. Get FEL-PRO gaskets.
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probably wanna replace the thermostat, water pump, and flush your cooling system real good.

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If it’s cold out, and you only do short trips, there will be a little milky oil on the bottom of the oil cap. If it is the head gasket,they will $hit the bed back on number 5 cylinder.

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