2001 Volvo S80 Repair Question
2001 S80 Head gasket
Trying to determine if I should have the car repaired by a friend or let the car go. 150K miles
A head gasket repair on a twin turbo engine is very complicated and difficult to do if you are not familiar with this engine. You also need special tools to remove the cam cover and set up the timing. Book time I believe is around 23 hours for the repair. Has your friend done this type of job before?
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If I have antifreeze coming out the tail pipe could it be anything else beside the head gasket or head?
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Most likely it will be the head, but I would not rule out one of the turbos or oil cooler as having a leak as well? The best way to find out if you have a head gasket leaking is by doing a compression test of all cylinders and then doing a cylinder leakage test.
Cylinder leakage test
General method description
The cylinders can be checked for leakage as an alternative to a compression test
Using this method, the amount of leakage at the engine cylinders is measured and it is possible to locate the source of any leaks.
A similar check can be performed using a compression gauge by injecting oil in the cylinder. However, this can cause a build-up of coke!
The result will not always be decisive or precise.
In addition, the VIDA station or the Volvo System Tester (VST) must always be connected afterwards to erase any diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs).
How is the cylinder checked for leakage?
The engine should be run to operating temperature so that the thermostat is open
The piston in the cylinder that is being checked must be set to top dead centre (TDC) at the compression phase
A metered air pressure is connected to the relevant cylinder via an adapter that is secured in the spark plug / glow plug well
A gauge is used to measure the size of the leakage from the cylinder.
This is a pressure sensor with a regulator and displays the size of the leak expressed as a percentage.
This allows the extent of any problem to be determined.
A mechanic's stethoscope or a rubber hose can be used as a listening device.
Note! There is leakage at the piston rings even on a perfect engine. This is the only place where a small leak is permissible.
If a leak is detected that is assumed to come from the valve system, first check that the piston in the relevant cylinder is at top dead centre (TDC).
Then try to set the piston just prior to top dead centre (TDC) and redo the test.
When repeating the leak test on the same engine, there are usually variations in the results of the measurements.
This is due to changes in the engine coolant temperature (ECT) and the piston not reaching the same position as in the previous test, and is affected by the amount of oil on the piston rings at the time.
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