Recent Topics
New York Auto Show
by Papa Bear
04/18/14 12:56 PM
Amanda Todd case update - Man arrested
by OVERKILL
04/18/14 12:07 PM
CALLING ALL THETA SRX/9-4x OWNERS
by michaelluscher
04/18/14 11:45 AM
M1 0W40 and Napa 0W20 mix
by Maxima97
04/18/14 11:27 AM
Carpet Cleaning Question
by threeputtpar
04/18/14 11:17 AM
Omnibox worm gear oil
by Malador
04/18/14 11:01 AM
Typical oil pressures in an engine?
by HKPolice
04/18/14 10:51 AM
Lisle Coolant Funnel
by artbuc
04/18/14 10:47 AM
99 Jetta 2.0 coolant drain and fill
by scott37300
04/18/14 10:38 AM
Cultured Marble Help
by Smoky14
04/18/14 10:31 AM
99 VW Auto fluid change
by scott37300
04/18/14 10:30 AM
looks I need of new struts, what to choose?
by KrisZ
04/18/14 10:24 AM
Newest Members
potodds, rawd, zchen32, srkandel, LarryHill
49614 Registered Users
Who's Online
98 registered (901Memphis, Analyzer, 86cutlass307, 97prizm, 01_celica_gt, 10 invisible), 2110 Guests and 225 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
49614 Members
64 Forums
212050 Topics
3323700 Posts

Max Online: 2551 @ 04/05/14 01:28 PM
Donate to BITOG

Topic Options
#3197628 - 11/25/13 12:14 PM Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve?
Giorgiz Offline


Registered: 03/28/13
Posts: 32
Loc: Italy
Hi, unfortunately my mechanic says that my Citroen C3 1.4 16V 90hp leaking oil from the head gasket before replacing the gasket, I wanted to know if you can with Valvoline MaxLife groped to solve the problem. I await your responses. thanks

Top
#3197645 - 11/25/13 12:25 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: Giorgiz]
shDK Offline


Registered: 04/03/13
Posts: 448
Loc: Denmark
I doubt it. A Thing like a head gasket should be fixed. Ain,t that difficult on that engine anyway.


Edited by shDK (11/25/13 12:31 PM)

Top
#3197647 - 11/25/13 12:26 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: shDK]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 20171
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: shDK
I doubt it. A Thing like a head gasket should be fixed. Ain,t that difficult on the engine anyway.


+1
_________________________
GOD Bless our Troops!


Top
#3197693 - 11/25/13 12:59 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: Giorgiz]
actionstan Offline


Registered: 05/22/13
Posts: 295
Loc: Ohio
IMO Maxlife is good for something like an oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, or any other gasket that is not "super critical". A head gasket should be replaced asap, the right way. It sucks, but my guess is if it is leaking oil it will eventually get worse and you could end up with a milkshake in your crank case, no one wants that. (could lead to a pretty badly damaged engine)
_________________________
1999 Saturn SL1
2013 KIA Forte

Top
#3197695 - 11/25/13 01:04 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: Giorgiz]
Astro14 Offline


Registered: 10/10/10
Posts: 4098
Loc: Virginia Beach
Generally, head gaskets are metal. Nothing to swell, treat, or "condition, like other seals. The only fix is the replace the gasket...preferably, before it starts leaking coolant too....
_________________________
32 Packard 15W40
90 4Runner 10W30 Edge
92 300E 5W40 LiquiMoly
02 Volvo V70 T5 0W40 M1
02 Volvo V70 XC 5W30 PU
05 MB S600 0W40 M1
06 Corolla 5W30 Edge

Top
#3197699 - 11/25/13 01:09 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: Astro14]
shDK Offline


Registered: 04/03/13
Posts: 448
Loc: Denmark
Originally Posted By: Astro14
Generally, head gaskets are metal. Nothing to swell, treat, or "condition, like other seals. The only fix is the replace the gasket...preferably, before it starts leaking coolant too....


Though The gasket is steel. There still is rubber sealing for coolant and oil canals in the gasket.

Top
#3197709 - 11/25/13 01:18 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: Giorgiz]
Lubener Offline


Registered: 01/22/11
Posts: 116
Loc: Ohio
If it is leaking that bad, I would check for warpage or a crack. Head gaskets "usually" do not fail that way.

Top
#3197718 - 11/25/13 01:28 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: Lubener]
actionstan Offline


Registered: 05/22/13
Posts: 295
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: Lubener
If it is leaking that bad, I would check for warpage or a crack. Head gaskets "usually" do not fail that way.


+1 You will want to find out WHY its has failed.. unless these are a common issue for these cars, sometimes head gaskets just fail. You don't want to fix the problem, without addressing an underlying cause.
_________________________
1999 Saturn SL1
2013 KIA Forte

Top
#3197724 - 11/25/13 01:35 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: Giorgiz]
Donald Online   content


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 12619
Loc: Upstate NY
Fix it.
_________________________
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 - Rotella T6 & M1
1999 Dodge Ram 2500 w/Cummins - Rotella T6 & M1
Amsoil ATF in both vehicles & Magnefine filter.

Top
#3197766 - 11/25/13 02:10 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: shDK]
Astro14 Offline


Registered: 10/10/10
Posts: 4098
Loc: Virginia Beach
Originally Posted By: shDK
Originally Posted By: Astro14
Generally, head gaskets are metal. Nothing to swell, treat, or "condition, like other seals. The only fix is the replace the gasket...preferably, before it starts leaking coolant too....


Though The gasket is steel. There still is rubber sealing for coolant and oil canals in the gasket.


Depends on the gasket. I've seen many that are simply steel, and when crushed, the impressions in the steel seal oil and coolant passages...but I think that either way, the maxlife is unlikely to make any difference...
_________________________
32 Packard 15W40
90 4Runner 10W30 Edge
92 300E 5W40 LiquiMoly
02 Volvo V70 T5 0W40 M1
02 Volvo V70 XC 5W30 PU
05 MB S600 0W40 M1
06 Corolla 5W30 Edge

Top
#3197864 - 11/25/13 03:26 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: Giorgiz]
Giorgiz Offline


Registered: 03/28/13
Posts: 32
Loc: Italy
in effect in the European small car, head gasket gives around 120/150 mila km, so in that case I have to do to perform the job to my mechanic

Top
#3197938 - 11/25/13 05:03 PM Re: Oil leak from head, Max Life can solve? [Re: Giorgiz]
Richtrashman Offline


Registered: 10/21/13
Posts: 50
Loc: Cincinnati OH
In my opinion no oil is going to stop a head gasket leak. Also head gaskets do fail, the rest of the head could be just fine. I have put head gaskets on several 4cyl and not had to mill the head. The gasket just fails over time. Fix it, don't put any of that head gasket repair junk in the antifreeze either, asking for coolant system issues later IMO
_________________________
2010 Optima 65k+ 0w20 napa syn/napa gold maxlife ATF
1990 c2500 163k+ any oil I can get (its thirsty)

Top