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964 head gasket replacement...might as well...


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My 964 has 134000 miles now and the other day I was driving home from work and noticed white smoke from the tail and a miss. I pulled off the road, got a tow to my mechanic to have it checked out. Seems as though my head gasket is blown.

The engine will be pulled and from past experience with my 1980 SC, I expect a series of "might as wells" while I have the engine out.

What do you think I should expect as far as down time and expense? What is recommended to do while I have the opportunity, considering i intend to keep this car as a daily driver for a while.

I figure plugs at least.

Thanks in advance...


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  • 4 weeks later...

Well the obvious...... If this side has failed, might as well take the other side apart and have everything checked. With heads off, take the opportunity to get good looks at the cylinder walls, maybe even take some bore measurements at top of piston travel compared against measurement from as far down as possible with piston still in bore.

Might as well start thinking about chains, tensioners, sprockets, and guides. Plugs, wires, caps, and rotors are a definite while we are in there items.

Down time is completely dependent on specific shop/technician.

This is just a start off the top of my head at 6:30 am


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