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Thread: New Freelander, how to tell if the head gasket has been done or not?

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    New Freelander, how to tell if the head gasket has been done or not?

    Hi all.
    I'm not all that new here, first registered back in 2013 when I was doing more with my 1989 RR which I still have and is the next thing to finally get back on the road again. But that's another story
    I recently bought a 1999 Freelander 1 3dr hardtop. Great little car. I bought it in Melbourne, Australia and drove it straight back to just south of Sydney. It just purred along and didn't miss a beat the whole trip. No fluctuations on the temp guage, needle sat in the middle the whole trip. It also managed it using less than 1 1/2 tanks of fuel, over 1000km's carry me and 10 tryres in the back. Which I thought was good.

    The question is, I have heard the 1.8 petrol motor's head gasket only lasts about 70000miles (112000km) before giving in, mine's obviously been replaced at some stage as it's done over 176000km now. Is there anyway of seeing what type of gaskets been used, an original or a better composite one? Using a mirror and torch I think I got a glimpse of the edge of the gasket below the intake pipes. It looked as if it's edge was silver with a thin layer of orange/red on each side of the silver strip. This could be part of the gasket or a sealer of some sort. Does this sound familiar in anyway to anyone?
    The same question as this regarding the VCU, is there any way of telling if it's been replaced? Serial numbers, tell tale marks etc.
    BTW, there was no sign of every having water in the oil or visa versa oil in the water when I flushed things.
    Any hints would be great as I'd rather not pull the head off unnecessarily.
    Cheers,
    Troy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valguard View Post
    Hi all.
    I'm not all that new here, first registered back in 2013 when I was doing more with my 1989 RR which I still have and is the next thing to finally get back on the road again. But that's another story
    I recently bought a 1999 Freelander 1 3dr hardtop. Great little car. I bought it in Melbourne, Australia and drove it straight back to just south of Sydney. It just purred along and didn't miss a beat the whole trip. No fluctuations on the temp guage, needle sat in the middle the whole trip. It also managed it using less than 1 1/2 tanks of fuel, over 1000km's carry me and 10 tryres in the back. Which I thought was good.

    The question is, I have heard the 1.8 petrol motor's head gasket only lasts about 70000miles (112000km) before giving in, mine's obviously been replaced at some stage as it's done over 176000km now. Is there anyway of seeing what type of gaskets been used, an original or a better composite one? Using a mirror and torch I think I got a glimpse of the edge of the gasket below the intake pipes. It looked as if it's edge was silver with a thin layer of orange/red on each side of the silver strip. This could be part of the gasket or a sealer of some sort. Does this sound familiar in anyway to anyone?
    The same question as this regarding the VCU, is there any way of telling if it's been replaced? Serial numbers, tell tale marks etc.
    BTW, there was no sign of every having water in the oil or visa versa oil in the water when I flushed things.
    Any hints would be great as I'd rather not pull the head off unnecessarily.
    Cheers,
    Troy
    The head gasket with a orange seal around it is the elastomer gasket. They have been updated from them to a multi layered steel gasket. There is also a updated oil rail to help with block flex.
    It doesn't leak oil, Its sweating power

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