06-17-2011, 09:44 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
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coolant smell after head gasket replacement.
ok, to make it short, i replaced every seal and gasket this winter on my freshly boosted NA. i havent done 300miles and it started to smell like coolant, so i headed back home asap,without any leak or smoke(at that time).just not taking chance. as i get to my driveway smoke start to come out of my exaust/engine bay.defenetly a head gasket.i was about 1 miles from home,i did not boost/rev over 3000rpm to get home.
keep in mind that i have 2 water temp gauge and neither of em were going past 200F. i'm using a prosport watertemp installed in the BEGI coolant reroute.
As I was removing everything to replace it I realised that 2 of my head bolt were quite easy to take off.so I painfully realised that i never should have re-use the old cylinder head bolts due to stretching and what not.. at least i learned something.
there was quite a lot of coolant that spilled up in the engine bay,all around my overflow tank.i first tought that if the head gasket blew because of my noob-ness of using old cylinder head bolts, if some boost have gone in my coolant passes, my overflow probably threw a lot of it under the hood.
So I get to the dealer, pick up 10 new bolts,washer and a head gasket.i followed Mitchell procedure, torque specs,and torque order.I changed everything started it up, everything is wonderfull, runs like a charm, refilled every fluids, and cleaned/degreased everything before installing the new stuff.
i did about 20 miles today, and the burnt coolant smell just dosen't want to get away. even my neighbor told me he could smell my car before i could get out of it. i did not had any time to do a pressurewash in the engine bay. i'm telling myself that wich there still is some coolant in my exaust/engine bay, and it's just for a while before everything cook off and stop smelling that bad, wich i fucked up something/cracked my head.
any advice? i'll have the time to do a complete wash this weekend, i'm just worying a lot, since i just dont want to change the headgasket again.
thanks for your time.