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Old 01-12-2014, 04:40 AM   #1
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Headgasket Identification

Hello all.

The previous owner of my Supra had the engine rebuilt at Toyota, but i'm curious to know if they installed an OEM composite head gasket, or a more durable MLS head gasket. Previous owner didn't know, and the mechanics work order doesn't specify either.

The car is a 1989 Toyota Supra Turbo, with a 7MGTE engine.

Here are the pics I was able to take. Imo it looks like a MLS, but maybe i'm being too optimistic. Don't mind the oil, i'm working on it


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Why not call the dealership and ask what they would normally use and if, on occasion, they use one or the other?
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I'm actually surprised a dealership would even take on a head gasket job. Not many, if any, do anymore.
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Good idea, I'll try contacting them.
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Hard to tell from the picture, but that last picture looks like they stacked two head gaskets together? If it is mld you'll see a bunch of thin sheets of metal stacked. Can you clean that area on the last picture and take another shot? BTW you have an oil leak.
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The dealerships repair order will have a list of all the parts used for that repair. Whether or not they will go out of their way to pull up the history is another story. Also why wouldn't dealerships take on head gasket repairs? If a customer walked in specifying a head gasket replacement, we'd do it.
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I'm not going to name names but I know of several mechanics at reputable dealerships who have never and will never do a head gasket job.

A clutch job - sure. But to diagnose a transmission noise or head gasket, they just replace the whole damn thing.

Why? I don't know. I'm not a mechanic so I don't know how the industry works.
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A clutch job - sure. But to diagnose a transmission noise or head gasket, they just replace the whole damn thing.
Done lots of the three mentioned above many times. I'm at a dealer that many might consider reputable
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Well, I guess I'm wrong.

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as far as transmisson noises go, if its a manual, we generaly take it apart inhouse but if its an auto, we just swap it with another auto trans from a local auto trans rebuilder. That stuff is a bit more specialized
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