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Best place for head gasket replacement in Sacramento?

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Andrew Winding

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So I think my head gasket may need replacement; the truck drives fine but I can smell coolant in the exhaust during startup...does anybody know a good place to have the replacement done in the Sacramento area? I'll probably have it done later this winter.

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You can check with Gene Mcaffertys in Rocklin  

 

https://www.yelp.com...ervices-rocklin

 

They did some work on my P38  They can get pretty busy tough.  I still say the best place is in your garage.  



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You can check with Gene Mcaffertys in Rocklin  

 

https://www.yelp.com...ervices-rocklin

 

They did some work on my P38  They can get pretty busy tough.  I still say the best place is in your garage.  

ha....I thought you had posted this question and I was going to say 'in your garage' as well.  :)  

 

Of course, I say this not having done a Rover head gasket myself.

 

If you're unsure about the gasket so far, you might try one of the combustion gas checkers.  They test for combustion byproducts in the coolant, not the exhaust, but you'd like have an issue there as well.


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I may tackle it myself I haven't decided yet. I've never done anything that involved so I don't know if I feel comfortable doing it or not. I know could probably do it but I don't know if I should tackle it or not...

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It's all just nuts and bolts.

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And cleaning.  Always lots of cleaning.


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Alex at British Car service is who I would go to

 

Good pricing and he knows rovers really well 


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Just got off the phone with him, nice guy and seems to know his stuff!
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I did this myself this spring on my classic - still holding up and not too hard! Was a bit daunting as I'd never done it before.

The hardest ️bit is remembering where it all goes during reassembly. If you do it yourself - take plenty of pictures on disassembly , be methodical, and have a great system to storing your parts - there will be a lot! also allow way more time than you think! What really delayed me was AB did not have one specific head bolt! - waited 2 weeks for it to come in.

I can't recomend a good machine shop for re-conning the heads, as it was on the peninsular at that time (now moved to el dorado hills) - but that is worth doing as well. Got them cleaned, tested skimmed and valve seals replaced ($200). All in I think doing it myself cost about $500. With the amount of disassembly/assembly just to get there, plus cleaning time, I can see why this would get expensive at shop labor rates.

Only thing I could not be absolutely sure about was the condition of the block and if I had a liner issue when I started. - chance I took. All. Looked great - could still see the horn marks on the liners - not bad for 244k miles!

Edited by Timbo, 09 September 2016 - 07:52 AM.





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