Changing Head Gasket for 2001 Clio

After I changed the cabin heater radiator to my ’01 Clio it was obvious that it was not enough. Overpressure in the cooling system was still a problem.  After driving, even if the car was not started in 12 hours, there was still so much pressure in the coolant system that if one opened it, a loud psssshhhh was heard. Next thing to do was to change a head gasket. Here are some pics of the process.

This was the starting point.
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And some progress.

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Cleaning cylinder head with sandpaper.

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Engine bay, top of the cylinders cleaned.

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Old gasket was a bit worn..

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Closer look.

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Comparison.

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Fitting a new one..

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Tightening order.

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After this point I kind of forgot to take pics.  But repairing succeeded and there was no more overpressure problems.

Sail on!

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