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Common causes are: use of incorrect antifreeze, (archive)

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Posted by Bill R. on December 17, 2000 at 19:28:51:

In Reply to: Blown head gasket posted by Jim T on December 17, 2000 at 18:16:55:

There was a bulletin published regarding this. Second cause is Overheating. One good overheat such as stuck thermostat is all it takes. If you have relatively high mileage I would do the valves and guides and seals if necessary. I would also look at the timing chain and tensioner and guide rails while its apart. Much easier to change now.

Well, I guess I am through the first phase of grieving, denial. Now I am moving into the second phase, anger. My car left a jet trail of steam down the highway today, while it sucked a half gallon of water down. Anyone know any common causes for a blown head gasket in a E34 535i? I am wanting to find out if I am in for big bucks with the head, or if replacing the gasket is going to cover it. I thought the warped head syndrome was a thing of the past on the big sixers. What are the reccomendations about having the valves done while the head is off, is it mandatory?

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