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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 2019, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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And my normal looking oily dipstick (again everyone apart from the mechanic has told me it's too 'clean' to be my head gasket?)

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I wasn't able to see your photos clearly enough, but if the car is running fairly smoothly, it's unlikely to be the head gasket.
Are the compression numbers on all four cylinders more-or-less the same?

A leaky water pump or leaky expansion tank will obviously affect the temperature, so keep an eye on the coolant level until you find the right answer.


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I wasn't able to see your photos clearly enough, but if the car is running fairly smoothly, it's unlikely to be the head gasket.
Are the compression numbers on all four cylinders more-or-less the same?

A leaky water pump or leaky expansion tank will obviously affect the temperature, so keep an eye on the coolant level until you find the right answer.
Erm.... I dont have compression test numbers on that paper? Its litterally, page one special tools, precautions and valve timing, page 2 valve timing continued) page 3, a diagram of a drive belt and how to install and page 4 a list of how long it takes to install a camshaft/valve cover and gasket, water pump, cylinderhead and head gasket, cylinder head and rocket shaft assembly.... no numbers???
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Those reports just tells you how long it takes to do the said jobs 17.25 hours, depending on labour rate it'll probably cost 700+.

It doesn't tell you anything about what tests has been done.

Is that the first garage or another?

If your car is still drivable without causing further damage you should get another opinion.
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Those reports just tells you how long it takes to do the said jobs 17.25 hours, depending on labour rate it'll probably cost 700+.

It doesn't tell you anything about what tests has been done.

Is that the first garage or another?

If your car is still drivable without causing further damage you should get another opinion.
The car is completely drivable. I took it to a garage today n he said there was "a bloody big hole in ya radiator" my dad asked him to look over the rest if the engine as he understood sometimes it can effect other parts of the car the guy told my dad everything else was fine. He changed the drive belt because my mileage is 81489 and it hasn't had one in a LONG time. (I have no paperwork to say it's ever been changed but I do have a receipt for dust caps so I'd imagine if it would of had one I'd have the paperwork for it) but other than that he fixed the radiator ran a pressure test all seemed fine any problems to take it back to him.
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