Head gasket problems, 98 Eclipse RS

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  1. eighteen_psi

    eighteen_psi Active Member

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    Posting for a friend who seems to be up shit creek with his HG fix. He says:

    Anyone? :noes:
     
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Is he absolutely sure that the oil isn't leaking from the valve cover gasket instead? If he replaces the cylinder head gasket, he'll have to replace the valve cover gasket as well, but of course it would be easier and less expensive if he only has to replace the valve cover gasket.

    I can think of one good way to keep the crankshaft from turning: put the trans in 1st gear and let off the clutch, then have a friend stand on the brake pedal to keep the drivetrain from rotating while he breaks the crankshaft pulleys loose.

    Obviously, it would be better to do this before the motor is completely unbolted from the chassis. Also, he should keep the timing belt in place until after he's broken the crankshaft pulleys free, so that the valvetrain will rotate along with the crankshaft in case it does move a little bit. Make sure he turns the crankshaft so that the marking on the timing belt pulley lines up with the corresponding mark on the engine block; it's there specifically to help with this sort of thing.
     
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    eighteen_psi Active Member

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    The car is an auto, so the in-gear thing wouldn't work :(
    And it is the HG...the valve cover, intake & all that is all already off.
    Anyone else with ideas? :hs:
     

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