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Help with head gasket

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by Remedy, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Remedy

    Remedy New Member

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    Oct 4, 2006
    Nor Cal
    Can anyone give me some tips on prepping the surface of my block and what to use, what to avoid using? The engine is a 1.5L carbed (87 Civic) 115k mi. I am taking the head to a machinist for test/resurfacing and I'd like to know if I should do more than just remove the old gasket from the block. I do intend to check the surface for warpage.

    I have 3 studs and 7 bolts to hold my head on, is that how it is supposed to be or has someone replaced them? I can't find any info about reuse of the bolts or if they are TTY. Worth using or toss the old ones?

    I have found a source for 3 headgasket sets (Ishino, Felpro, and Victor Reinz). I am leaning toward the VR set.
    Why do I ask? I found these article which mention the Honda 1.5L Civic Why Head Gaskets Fail and Sealing in quality Motor - Find Articles
    Any thoughts on the gaskets?

    Thanks for your help
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