Header tank boiling over, engine miss fire, black smoke
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Ford Fiesta, zetec 2004
I have in the past tried several head gasket quick fixes (k-seal etc) with varied results. So decided to give steel seal a try. I used an engine block sniffer to diagnose / confirm the fault was the head gasket.
As the car was overheating very quickly, I took the thermostat out and took the middle out of it so the water would flow through it straight away and put it back in. Poured in the bottle of steel seal, within five minutes the engine miss fire disappeared, so did the smoke from the exhaust, I left the car running for about an hour, no sign of overheating, left the car overnight to cool down, went to it this morning, and it fired up straight away and as ticked over for the last hour with no problems at all. This stuff works and saved the expense of having the head skimmed and new gaskets would highly recommend and use again.