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Old 01-23-2002, 10:30 AM
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New Head Gasket or know.

I pulled the head on my Kaw 12.5, I want to know if I NEED, to replace the gasket. I know that anytime you pull the head you are supposed to replace the gasket. My question is if I do not see any leaks or anything, do I need to replace the gasket. Not that I would be able to see a leak either. Just currious, I know it is not that big of deal to replace, just interested.

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Old 01-23-2002, 02:55 PM
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Purists insist on replacing them, but realistically I reuse them if
they are intact.
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Old 01-23-2002, 05:25 PM
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I always replace gaskets on anything I take apart. I just feel better doing it . I dont no what is right or what is wrong in this situation but that is what I do.


I guess Im a purist
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Old 01-23-2002, 05:29 PM
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I kinda agree with Fish. If it looks OK, then I don't replace it. But what do I know! I could be wrong, and the engine could blow the head gasket!!:alien:
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Old 01-24-2002, 12:32 AM
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I've broken down thousands of engines and only replace the gaskets (head or otherwise) if there's a visible problem or symptom that is directly related. If you got the gasket or can get it easily enough, replace it. Otherwise, if it looks good don't sweat it. Remember to tighten the head bolts back down in the right pattern though. Good luck.
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Old 01-24-2002, 12:52 AM
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You guys are making me feel much more comfortable.

Jason, what kind of life did you see with those 12.5 Kaw's? Mine is running very strong with almost 1300 hours. The cylinder looked good, I hope she lasts another 1300.

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Old 01-24-2002, 01:02 AM
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While I haven't pulled hundreds of heads on small engines, I have pulled a few. If I have a gasket (planned ahead, which rarely happens) I change them. If not and the problem is not gasket related and I didn't damage it removing the head, I just re-use it. No problems so far.
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Old 01-27-2002, 12:39 PM
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hEAD GASKET

iHAVE BEEN TOLD BY SMALL ENGINE MECHANICS THAT YOU ARE SUSPOSED TO REPLACE THEM .
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Old 01-27-2002, 10:12 PM
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To do it right, you should replace them. Once a head gasket gets torqued down it compresses, and it is likely not to reseal again. But, in a pinch, you can probably get away with reusing it.
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Old 01-28-2002, 06:29 PM
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To put it this way, it's better to be safe than sorry!
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