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Two ways to repair a blown head gasket. The first is to actually tear-down the engine and replace the head gasket. This physical-repair is very costly, averaging $1800 to $3000 dollars. Cadillac's and Land Rovers, costs closer to the $5000 dollar range to repair. Even if you have the money, there is something most mechanics will not tell you. Fact is, 40% of vehicles with aluminum heads and blocks will suffer another head gasket leak within 3-6 months. The other less expensive way is to use a sealer.
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Submitted by: Chris M. (Cert. Mechanic) - Silver Member since: 2009
Updated on 5/17/2013 by: Danny S. & Mike W. (Danny's Automotive Service New Jersey) - Member since: 2011
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We used Dura-Seal® sealers which stay flexible when cured, because they are the only company which does not use water-glass as their main ingredient. Water-glass turns to glass when cured and simply cracks away from aluminum. We've found that the other brands which all use water-glass are not even worth trying on newer vehicles with aluminum heads or blocks due to the expanding and contracting aluminum simply cracking the water-glass right off the metal during heat-up and cool-down.
There are many reasons a head gasket can fail. The most common reason is the result of an overheat condition which can occur at anytime due to a failure of any one of the cooling systems components. Once a head gasket fails, engines produce higher than normal temperatures and coolant loss. Coolant loss can occur through the over-flow tank, exhaust system and even leak externally down the side of the engine  between the cylinder heads and engine block and puddle onto the floor.
What happens when water-glass starts to crack-away? That's an easy question to answer. Would you want to chew broken glass in your mouth? Of course not, but that's what your engine begins doing.

An engine's water-pump, radiator, heater-core, intake manifold gasket and especially it's rubber coolant lines and radiator hoses begin to be torn apart by tiny pieces of that broken water-glass. It could be compared to getting sand in your veins, not good for anything in there is an major under-statement.

Enough said on water-glass based sealers like Barz, Blue Dev_l, Steal Seel, K+W, Thremagazket, and others. If you still decide to try one of those water-glass based brands, you may have already gotten sand in your veins and it's starting effect your brain. LOL...
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Thermoogazket Liquid Sealer:
Used on a 2002 Chevy Malibu v6/
Symptoms:
Running hot, pushing water out of over-flow tank, water mixing with oil.
After using the Thermoogazket Liquid Sealer:
Seal Held for about 90 minutes no overheating then, seal blew-out. Running hot again, compression in cooling system again . Heater core started leaking after 45 minutes of running sealer.

K+W Liquid Sealer:

Used on a 1995 Cadillac/
Symptoms:
Running hot, building very high compression in cooling system, pushing water out of over-flow tank, water mixing with oil.

After using the K+W Liquid Sealer: Still running hot, still very high compression in cooling system, still pushing water out of over-flow tank after 17 minutes of idling in park, still mixing water in oil. Clogged thermostat, engine shut down after 26 minutes of idling in park with solution in engine due to overheating.

Dura-Seal Liquid Sealer with Extreme Powder Additive:
Used on same 1995 Cadillac as above/
Symptoms:
Running hot (over 250 degrees), building very high compression in cooling system, pushing water out of over-flow tank, water mixing with oil. Engine shuts-down after idle for 30 minutes.

After using the Dura-Seal Liquid Sealer: Temperature down to 217 degrees, normal compression in system, no water mixing with oil. Had occasional temperature spike on highway at 65-75 MPH but would level off back down at about 205 degrees. Not bad, no negative effects after 24 hours. We're very surprised that the Dura-Seal worked on this car after K+W and Barz did absolutely nothing.
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Updated on 12/11/2012 by: Danny S. & Mike W. (Danny's Automotive Service New Jersey) - Member since: 2011
Steal Seel Liquid Sealer:
Used on a 2001 BMW/
Symptoms:
Running hot, very high compression in cooling system, actually blow upper radiator hose.

After using the Steal Seel Liquid Sealer:
Running cooler, did not overheat, still very high compression in coolant system, water being pushed out of over-flow tank after 22 minutes of idling.
Better results than Barz and Blue Dev_il, but it did not repair head gasket.
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Steal Seel Complaint - Posted From: www.mythreecents.com by: stewarja on 2009-07-10
I recently bought a 2003 Nissan Sentra GXE with the 1.8 engine for my daughter. I noticed that the car was using about 1 quart a week of antifreeze. I could not find any leaks, but after awhile it began to blow white smoke out of the exhaust and I could smell antifreeze coming of the exhaust when it started up. I did some research on "Steel Seal". I was very skeptical, and was concerned it might cause other damage, but I thought I'd give it a try since I intended to swap out the engine if it did not work anyway. I followed the instructions exactly, left it to cool down overnight. When I drove the car the next day, it appeared to do absolutely nothing to fix the car. The white smoke was not that bad, so I thought I'd drive it a few days and see. On the 2nd time I drove the car all of the sudden when all the way up on the temperature gauge and the car started running badly. This rise in the temp. had never happened before. I drove it a few and parked the car. After the car cooled down, I pulled the radiator cap. To my amazement, the radiator was completely plugged with a hard white polymer (note when I added the Steel Seal it was clean metal). Bottom line, now I need a new radiator too. DO NOT put this product in your car, you will be very sorry.

Dura-Seal Review: I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring 2.7 V6, notorious for oil leak problems. I purchased a bottle of the Dura Seal Oil Stop Leak, after about 150 miles & approximately 3 days, as predicted on the directions, the leak was ENTIRELY gone! In addition & serendipitously, the oil light shut off, for the FIRST time in over a year & 10,000 miles! I reset the Check Engine light & passed CA State Emissions Inspection with no further leaks or oil or Check Engine Lights in over a year & additional 10,000 Miles. The dura seal stuff is truly amazing but not cheap...
G.Yorks - Lancaster, Nebraska

Steal Seel Complaint - Posted From: www.mythreecents.com Posted by usafaviator on 2011-10-09:
I ordered Steel Seal for my 98 BWM 528i and followed the directions to the T. Didn't work. Contacted the company and they sent another treatment...didn't work. Save your money and just get the head gasket done right. You will end up wasting the money on Steel Seal that you will end up spending more anyway!

Steal Seel Complaint - Posted From: www.mythreecents.com Posted by Clive on 2013-06-08:
Well today steel seal has just stuffed my radiator too. Seems to be a bit of a pattern emerging here. DON'T USE THIS PRODUCT YOU CAN'T BE SURE WHAT DAMAGE IT WILL DO.

Dura-Seal Review: I just purchased your Dura-Seal  Head Gasket Repair liquid.... and it was my last attempt at repairing the truck I had just bought... I say Last attempt because it WORKED!!!!! It has completely sealed the head gasket leak! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!! Because of this fix, your dura-seal saved me $1800 bucks!
E. D. - Rusk, Jersey City, NJ

Dura-Seal Complaint - Posted From: www.head-gaskets-repair.com by: mikie on 2011-1-21
 
I just had to write to you guys. I have a 1999 Ford pickup 150. The rear seal was leaking a quart of oil every 100 miles, and to change this seal I would have had to pull the motor, so I had nothing to lose to try your DuraSeal Oil Stop Leak. After 2 trips to town, I have ZERO leaks from the motor. Thanks for making a good product! Oh, and I did try your Speed Wax, it really is better than any of the other waxes from the auto-stores... But I feel your prices are too high! You should lower your prices!!!
M. C. - Providence, MD.

Dura-Seal Review: My 2003 Ford Ranger started losing coolant about a week ago, so I replaced the thermostat. That didn't't work so I took it to a shop that told me I had a cracked block or blown head gasket and it would be $1800 to $2500 to fix it. Since I have 140,000 miles I knew that didn't make sense to me. I saw your Dura-Seal sealer on the web and gave it a try. I put it in a couple of days ago and it has amazed me how well it has worked. The truck quit losing coolant, runs 100% better and I think I may get another 100,000 miles out of it. Thanks!
J. M. - Austin, TX

Thermagasket Complaint - Posted From: www.complaintsboard.com by: abrome on 2012-11-24
Stay away from that stuff! Alot of money for a ThermaGasket Head Gasket Sealer product and it totally clogged my radiator and engine!!! Stay away from that stuff… They didn't even return my calls for almost 2 weeks!!! That company ThermaGasket (AKA) rxauto. com are horrible. They told me they would not be giving me a refund or helping to pay for a new radiator...

Dura-Seal Review: I had coolant leaking into my engine oil on a 97 Corsica with 150,000 miles. Symptoms of a blown head gasket. Did a lot of research on the Internet to help me fix the problem and I feel I should also reply to others looking for help. I used dura-seal head and block sealant. I said my prayers and followed their instructions. IT WORKS. My engine tapping noise went away and so far(3 months) have not lost any coolant and oil looks nice and clean. I feel very fortunate I used this product. I must say I was skeptical, but other user feed back help me try it, that's why I am adding this feedback.
C. R. - Springfield, MO

Thermagasket Complaint - Posted From: www.complaints.com by: 5ca3002b on 2010-07-19
Thermagasket by RxAuto.com product does not work. tried it on 1997 bmw 328i. spoke to company tech rep. said to try it again. paid 21$ more for retry. caused catalytic converter to plug. cost 800.00$ to fix.leak still not fixed. junked car. asked for refund of the 125.00$ .co refused saying that i tried twice and no refund due.[fine print in their directions]

Bars Head Gasket Sealer Complaint - Posted From: www.pisscustomer.com by: 404 on 2010-07-19
The Bar's product is using sodium silicate (class) and sealants that practically welded all the internal engine cooling parts and stop coolant circulation A few days ago, before I added Bar's Product, the mechanic told me, that my car engine and transmission were in very good condition. Not problem found. None The car had an intermittent coolant small leak, but after I used BAR'S, it damaged the whole engine by extreme overheating All BAR'S reviewed in the Internet are false, posted by Bar's Products people and there are not posted by customer that bought the product Bar's deceives people by posting false reviews to entice people to buy the Bar's Head Gasket Fix Repair Sealer

Dura-Seal Review:
I just used this duraseal in my 92 Mazda MX 3 for a blown head gasket.I used it and the smoke went away in about 5 minutes. No loss of coolant anymore and my engine is running a lot better, I guess it sealed up the compression loss at the head. I'm very happy with the results. Sally, M. Salt Lake City, UT.
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Any brands that don't use water-glass..? Just Dura-Seal® and PermaTech®
Not many. We have tested every liquid head gasket sealer on the market and the only brands we've found that do not use water-glass as a main ingredient is Dura-Seal® made by ABX USA Corp. and PermaTech® which makes a liquid epoxy type head gasket sealer. Both brands appear to stay flexible after curing and did not crack-away after we used them and later disassembled the test engines to check and see. We also tested the other-brands like Barz, Blue Dev_il, Steal Seel, K+W, and Thremagazket. The Dura-Seal® Brand came out the winner, Here's the break-down as to what happened...

Barz Liquid Sealer:
Used on a 1997 Ford Escort/
Symptoms:
White steam out of tailpipe, coolant mixing with oil, running hot, loss of compression in coolant-side and oil-side of engine.

After using the Barz Liquid Sealer: Still steam from tailpipe, coolant still mixing with oil, compression better by 4psi/2psi. Really was not worth our time.
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