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 Post subject: faithfull 899 s
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:07 pm 
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i have a problem guys :cry: !my faithfull 899 s is sick. the full story; my excpansion bottle started leaking some weeks back. i got a new second hand one and fitted it. thought while i was at it id flush the coolant system too. refilled and bled out the system. then she started running a bit hot on the motorway,just under 100 degrees. the thermostat was sticking,must have dislodged some crud when flushing. replaced it an all was great,for a while, then i noticed she was losing coolant,i check oil and water each morning. no visible leeks. she wasnt running as well as usual so took a look at the plugs 2 3 4 where great but number one was a bit wet ish. i think my head gasket is going now! no oil in water and vice verser. any thoughts/advice would be very welcome. the cars only done about 80k and ive had her since 23k. i never over rev or stress the engine and its not been overheated.


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 Post subject: Re: faithfull 899 s
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:16 pm 
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It does sound like head gasket, sorry to say.

It's usually corrosion that breaches the gasket rather than abuse.

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 Post subject: Re: faithfull 899 s
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:39 pm 
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yeh there something wrong mine sits t about 75 80 on motorway

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 Post subject: Re: faithfull 899 s
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:33 pm 
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yea thanks guys didnt really want to beleave it! i put some bars leak sealer in and now she runs great. so that confirms it im afraid. i would definatly not use this stuff normaly but i need to buy some time until i can replace the gasket. mot on wednesday too! :x my local motor factors priced me a head set from fae i think it was. ive always used payen gaskets on austin rover cars and swear by them ,for austins. any thoughts on fae or it might of been fai gaskets guys? £25 plus vat is what i can get it for. im planning on keeping this car for as long as possible so id rather pay what it takes for a good head set now rather than do it again in the future. could you recomend a good make of gasket please or should i just go to fiat?


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 Post subject: Re: faithfull 899 s
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:45 pm 
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Spesso are the best gaskets going, but they aren't the cheapest. As with all jobs, preparation and thoroughness will mean that a new gasket will last longer - clean the block down and skim the head while it's off. Worth lapping the valves in, too.

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 Post subject: Re: faithfull 899 s
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:59 pm 
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i agree about the valves its so cheap to do and easy just takes time heres a video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2AUytCpnYg part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRjGtCSa3b4 part 2

may make it a lot easier :applause:

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 Post subject: Re: faithfull 899 s
PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:32 pm 
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craigdmjv wrote:
i agree about the valves its so cheap to do and easy just takes time heres a video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2AUytCpnYg part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRjGtCSa3b4 part 2

may make it a lot easier :applause:

thanks mate! these two vids are already favourates on my youtube channel. he doesnt skim the head or set the preload on the tappets though. thought that strange.


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