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I posted a little while ago re. coolant loss while driving. It's continued to lose about 1-2" out of the expansion tank every half hour or so, it varies sometimes it empties it, occasionally it doesn't lose any.
Someone suggested it could be the headgasket so I'm going to try and replace it during the anticipated isolation. I've had a read through of the topics on here and come up with a list of things to buy, is there anything else that might be useful?

Gasket
New Bolts
Oil and Filter
Inlet Gasket (this was new about a year ago but they're not expensive)
Thermostat housing gasket
Fresh coolant (thanks monkie)

Any hints or tips very welcome, it looks quite straightforward but I've said that before!

Edited by Sharp
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Extra items to consider are:

Oil separator (rocker cyclone thing) O-ring

Rocker cover gasket

Cylinder head dowels in case the existing ones are no good

Maybe also:

Glowplugs (if the existing ones are tested and nbg

Injector service (if you can get them somewhere to do this)

Cylinder head check - pressure test, valves guides etc. (if you ...ditto above)

 

Also a new set of head bolts - but the spec says can be re-used five times; others say renew anyway.

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head bolts added
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Maybe the rubber washer things that the rocker cover bolts through. Valve stem oil seals?

Don't forget to put on the thermostat housing and the air filter bracket at the right moment.

If you do the P gasket as well treat yourself to new water pump bolts and pump gasket

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1 hour ago, cackshifter said:

Don't forget to put on the thermostat housing and the air filter bracket at the right moment.

^^^^^ this. I didn't forget because I put a great big label on the air filter bracket after I was warned about this. Also I had left the thermostat housing on the head 'til it was on the bench and that's where I re-fitted it.

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Thanks everyone, things I hadn't thought of there and would be good to have everything I need. I recently replaced the water pump, p-gasket and the rocker cover gasket, bolts and oil separator o-ring were all replaced recently to try and stop oil leaks (which have stayed away so far).

I can't seem to be able to re-edit the post but have updated the list in case it's useful to anyone else

Head Gasket
New Head Bolts
Oil and Filter
Inlet Gasket
Thermostat housing gasket
Fresh coolant

Extras
Oil separator (rocker cyclone thing) O-ring
Rocker cover gasket and washers
Cylinder head dowels in case the existing ones are no good
Glowplugs (if the existing ones are tested and nbg)
Waterpump, bolts and P-Gasket

Other
Injector service (if you can get them somewhere to do this)
Cylinder head check - pressure test, valves guides etc. (if you ...ditto above)

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