The head gasket on my 16 valve has died ( overheating and oily odour from the coolant expansion tank - it was confirmed by a test for oil in the coolant).
Are there any nasties to watch out for with this job?
Any comments on aftermarket vs. genuine cylinder head bolts?
What sort of cylinder head refurbishment should be done while it is off? (the car has coolant in it)
Why does the overflow pipe from the coolant expansion tank point directly at the battery???
The compression test was good (180psi or so across the board) so I think the rest of the engine is ok (It's done 168k)
I've already discovered the strange coolant hoses with tee pieces moulded into them and that coolant distribution block on the back of the engine block. Oh, and that servicing a car involves only changing the coolant hoses that are easy to get to and are in full view in the engine bay... The hidden hoses all appear to be knackered.
I think that some of the hoses and existing coolant steel pipes can be replaced with suitably formed stainless steel tubing (copper would be easier to work with...) to minimise failure of the hoses again.