Changing the Oil After a Blown Head Gasket

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Think you have a blown head gasket in your car? Get step by step instructions on how to change the oil after blown head gaskets with expert auto maintenance tips in this free car repair video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace a Blown Head Gasket
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In this clip we are going to talk about the last step involved in changing your valve cover gasket. Anytime you open the engine, you allow contaminants to enter, be it seen or not. What you are going to want to do is run the engine for a brief period of time, 30 seconds or so. What that will do is pump the oil up from the oil pan, and it would reach all the components inside the engine; and when the oil drains back down when you shut the engine off, it will take any of the particulate or airborne debris that is engine down the oil pan. The last thing that you want to do after servicing, in this case our valve cover gasket, is to preform an oil change. Change the oil out, remove the filter, reinstall your new filter, hook the plug in and fill it up. If your engine happens to be particularly leaky, if you suspect that you have more trouble then just your valve cover gasket, they have available at your local part store if you ask at the counter for it: an oil dye. What that will do is it comes in a small bottle about so big. You would take and add that right in with your own during that fresh oil change and run the motor. Run it for approximately a 100 miles, just doing your daily driving. What that dye would do is indicate exactly where any additional leaks that you may have are coming from. It is a bright green color and you can't mistake it.

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