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Old 12-30-2006, 11:08 AM   #1
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Question Sl1 Head Gasket Replacement Cost?

My 48,000 Mile used motor in my 92 Sl1 has a slight leak in it. It's not leaking in the oil just leaving a small trail of coolent near the coils. Anyone got any ball park ideas of the cost to replace the head gasket? Thanks.

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Old 12-30-2006, 11:19 AM   #2
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Default Re: Sl1 Head Gasket Replacement Cost?

About $100 in parts if you do it yourself. Have you checked the coolant overflow bottle to make sure the head isn't cracked?
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:59 PM   #3
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Checked the tank and it shows no sign of oil, and there are no bubbles or gunk on the oil filler cap or the dipstick, so I think it's just an external leak.
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:52 PM   #4
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And check the top right radiator hose, which connects onto the radiator, at that location. You may simply have a connection where the clamp needs to be tightened. (((>speaking from personal experience, you understand <)))
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i second the rad hose, dont jump to conclusions with head gaskets when they might not be needed... if you have a pkg of flour, spare time, and ready to get a little dirty, go to a car wash, was the engine (LIGHTLY) then put some flour everywhere, and watch for where the coolant comes from...
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Old 12-30-2006, 06:51 PM   #6
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I'll go out in the morning and check it, but I'm 95 per cent sure it is coming out the the corner of the head. A while back I replaced the ECTS and not wanting to over tighten it I screwed it in until I felt pressure on it and then over the couse of a few days proceded to further tighen it until it wasn't leaking. The coolent puddled in the same spot but I was also able to see it around the ECTS. It looks dry in that area now but I'll also take a closer look there.
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