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Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? #4633253
01/13/18 08:43 AM
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Hemispheres Offline OP
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One of my headgaskets arrived in the mail yesterday and looks like I wasn't handled properly for an item placed in a cushioned envelope. At the top of the gasket near the pushrod holes there's a crease with some very faint cracks in the sealing material, there was also two small gouges in the sealing material on opposite sides of the gasket aside from a very slight bend that wasn't immediatley noticeable. None of this damage occurs anywhere near the coolant passages of the water jacket or the crush area around the combustion chambers and I was also planning on using copper spray-a-gasket on it anyways since it's recommended by a few companies on the 3.8. Would you all run the gasket as is or should I try and see if RockAuto will exchange it for me? I'm a regular customer of theirs and have had no issues with returning any items to them.


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633254
01/13/18 08:47 AM
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Are you okay with doing the job twice?


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633258
01/13/18 08:51 AM
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Hemispheres Offline OP
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Good point.


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633263
01/13/18 08:53 AM
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I agree with motor_oil_madman, why take a chance on doing the job twice. Contact Rock Auto, they will send you a new gasket to replace the defective one.

Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633264
01/13/18 08:55 AM
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The time and trouble of installing a head, new head bolts etc. Not worth it. Save what $30? I'd use another gasket.


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633268
01/13/18 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted By: Hemispheres
item placed in a cushioned envelope.


A cushioned envelope is a poor choice for shipping a headgasket. I can just picture my mailman folding it in half to get it to fit in my mailbox.

I would not use it.


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633271
01/13/18 09:02 AM
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No way I'd go to the trouble of installing the heads and buttoning everything back up with a damaged HG.
This is not a job you want to do twice and RA will willing replace a part damaged in shipping, especially since it should have been shipped in a hard cardboard box and not an envelope.


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: rustypigeon] #4633292
01/13/18 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted By: rustypigeon
Originally Posted By: Hemispheres
item placed in a cushioned envelope.


A cushioned envelope is a poor choice for shipping a headgasket. I can just picture my mailman folding it in half to get it to fit in my mailbox.

I would not use it.
I'm filing a complaint regardless. Last week the carrier almost struck my vehicle and yesterday they left the envelope on a wet lawn chair in the middle of a downpour.


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633313
01/13/18 09:26 AM
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Get the part returned/replaced THEN file your complaint.

In the future consider the fragility of the part before using any ship-to-home parts place.

Many years ago I had the sensible option of having a recored radiator delivered form 3 miles away. It was a Friday.

I went for a new one in a clean, crisp box from a clean, tidy shelf.

DGMW (Don't Get Me Wrong) I love RockAuto.
I just received an O2 sensor from them 2 days ago.
How the careless warehouse help throws something like a big old head gasket into a box is something you needn't learn about.
Assume they do it badly.

Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633317
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Return it and get your money back.

Buy the part at a local parts store. Perhaps AAP paired with a discount code.


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633323
01/13/18 09:31 AM
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How much is your time worth to re-do it?


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633368
01/13/18 10:03 AM
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No


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633383
01/13/18 10:12 AM
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Hemispheres Offline OP
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They are going to issue a refund and Ill just reorder using UPS. Odd part is they didnt immediately request a return. Only thing Im concerned about now is the other gasket and the pushrods.


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Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633405
01/13/18 10:28 AM
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NO! no-no

Re: Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket? [Re: Hemispheres] #4633411
01/13/18 10:32 AM
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Quote:
Would you all use a slightly damaged head gasket?


Not me. Pristine or its not going in.


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