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    Default Head gaskets do swell in a 1310

    After repairing a cracked head and installing a new gasket my 1310 was still losing coolant. Then it got to where it stayed at a level about inch below the filler. Lately it sucked coolant form the home made overflow and stays full.

    I assume the head gasket swelled. I feel like it's a brand new tractor... What a life!

    (Knock on wood of course!)

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    Default Re: Head gaskets do swell in a 1310

    did you retorque it after warming?

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    Default Re: Head gaskets do swell in a 1310

    A head gasket should not swell. They compress when torqued. As Soundguy sugested most head gasket should be retorqued unless the gasket says it isn't necessary. Even though yours has quit leaking I would still retorque it to prevent problems later on.
    Bill

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    Default Re: Head gaskets do swell in a 1310

    even the felpro sets I've used that say they don't need retorque.. i do. and have never had a problem doing so...

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    Default Re: Head gaskets do swell in a 1310

    I would re-torque them unless the bolts are torque to yield!

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    Default Re: Head gaskets do swell in a 1310

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    did you retorque it after warming?

    No I didn't. I may go ahead and do that. I guess it can't hurt. But then again. I hate to mess with it since it's doing better than it ever has since I've owned it.


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    Default Re: Head gaskets do swell in a 1310

    i've never seen a head gasket START to leak after a retorque.

    i have seen them start to leak after not retorquing them though.


    your machine.. your call.. etc..

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    Default Re: Head gaskets do swell in a 1310

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    i've never seen a head gasket START to leak after a retorque.

    i have seen them start to leak after not retorquing them though.


    your machine.. your call.. etc..
    I wonder why it stopped losing coolant then???

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    Default Re: Head gaskets do swell in a 1310

    most people overfill radiators.. then after running.. it burps off what is 'above normal' then runs fine from there.

    no recovery system right.. just a pressure cap and overflow tube?


    most rads are not meant to be fileld to the neck. when it gets hot and expands and circulates.. you usually get a bit pushed out.

    ford n's for example.. standard practice is to fill the rad till the core is covered.. not completely filling the top tank.. etc..

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