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I have an MG TF nine years old with 40000 miles on the clock.

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I have an MG TF nine years old with 40000 miles on the clock. The hed gasket was replaced some 6000 miles ago. There is now a soapy residue on the dip stick. I am not yet losing any water but I fear the start of a gasket problem. The engine is performing perfectly normally. Am I being paranoid since I am aware of the gasket problems suffered by these cars?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Matt replied 3 years ago.
Hello

the TF was fitted with some of the revisions that later cured the head gasket issues but not all of them

If you're concerned I'd suggest doing a head gasket / block test kit as these take a coolant sample and analyse it for any signs of combustion gas - if present this would indicate the head gasket is on its way out

http://www.uktools.com/block-tester-p-12508.html


and if it does show up a fault then fitting the latest multilayer steel gasketfrom Xpart is known to usually fix it for good

http://www.xpartautoservicecentre.com/RVEa9e9d9e4f46a4323b8443382a341cc2a,,.aspx

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


If th test is positive would it be worth trying onre of the sealants on the market that can simply b added to the coolant. Thank you for your advice so far.

Expert:  Matt replied 3 years ago.
Hello Christoper

the modern sealents can achieve a lot so yes its well worth trying

I've had good succes with this product in the past

http://www.kalimex.co.uk/section.html?secpath=01.04.&pgid=17
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