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1GR-FE Head Gasket Failing - Options

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by chasdw, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Aug 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM
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    Revelations

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    A compression test will tell you if your gasket is blown. Was this part of the "block test?" If compression is good, I would suspect a coil pack or ignition unit.
     
  2. Aug 5, 2014 at 6:38 PM
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    chasdw

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    Finally received the news that it IS the head gasket. They caught me when I did not have a lot of time so I did not ask which test proved it.
     
  3. Aug 5, 2014 at 8:29 PM
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    I'm in the same situation right now :/
     
  4. Aug 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM
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    Why don't you try something simple like K Seal or Barrs first. If one of the add in sealants work you save yourself a ton of money and time
     
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  5. Aug 5, 2014 at 8:55 PM
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    Those additive sealants are a tampon in a bullit hole type thing. Handy when in a bind but for sustained use no way. Plus if it's plugging a hole imagine what else it's sticking to..... No bueno my friend.
     
  6. Aug 5, 2014 at 9:03 PM
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    I used K-Seal on my old Subaru and have had no problems for years (still have the car). Plus, you have nothing to lose. If it works things are great, if not the $ 15 you spent on the sealant is nothing as you will be spending $ 1,500 on a complete repair.
     
  7. Aug 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM
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    Personally, I'd either fix it, then sell truck, or not fix and sell as-is, making new owner aware of problem before sale.
     
  8. Aug 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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    Update:
    I picked up my truck last Saturday. Head gasket fixed. Total cost was just over $2600

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  9. Aug 18, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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    this looks like something tor would post... only at 1/10th the cost ha. glad u got everything straighten out op
     
  10. Aug 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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    Did the dealership perform the repair? Is the new gasket the better/redesigned version? Did they do a valve job or anything additional while cracked open? Does your truck get good gas mileage?
     
  11. Aug 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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    Damn. They pulled the engine to do a head gasket? From your pictures it looks a like they did a VERY Professional job of it.
     
  12. Aug 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM
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    I'm interested in if they replaced anything else while they were in there
     
  13. Aug 19, 2014 at 7:45 AM
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    I hope I am able to answer most of your questions.

    I did take my truck to the dealership. I was sitting at my sons soccer practice talking to a couple other gear head dads about what to do and discussing the input all of you guys gave me.

    Like it was divine intervention another dad showed up to get his son at the end of practice and was still wearing his mechanic uniform from the dealership. I knew from years ago he was a mechanic, but I had forgotten. Not only was he a mechanic, he was a Toyota mechanic and has been for the last 15+ years.

    So the next day I took my truck to the dealership and instructed them that this particular mechanic was the only person that was to turn a wrench on my truck.

    In light of us being "soccer friends" I think he did a little extra.

    My understanding is that after cleaning the motor, taking it apart he also cleaned the carbon off the pistons, valves etc.

    Replaced the following:
    Rear Main Seal
    Valve Seals
    Belt
    Of course oil change and coolant change.
    New head gaskets (yes the new part number)

    I will have to look at the paperwork to check everything again and then ask him what he did extra if anything that was not included on the paperwork.

    Above is from memory talking with him.

    I have not checked the mileage I am getting. Seems to run great.
     
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  14. Aug 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM
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    Mileage will probably be off for a bit while the ecu relearns everything.
     
  15. Aug 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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    Thats a good price for having a dealer do it... he hooked you up quite a bit. I think that if you're quick at pulling engines it would make the job go alot easier.. Me ive never pulled a taco engine and I did the job in my garage so the engine stayed in.

    I did all the same replacements you had on yours plus a few extra and i get 20 MPG (no exaggeration) with my stock wheels and tires. 18 MPG with my 20's and 33's.

    Glad to hear you got it worked out, and at a good price.
     
  16. Oct 23, 2018 at 5:06 AM
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    conroeeee
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    Did you get the heads milled?
     

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