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post #6 of 56 (permalink) Old 23rd August 2007
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It was indeed! Quotes for mine ranged from this (the lowest) upto more than £600. I must admit I had a few worries (does cheapest mean worst?!) but it was done nearly three years ago now and the engines been perfect since. Well, not perfect, but not losing water or oil anyway!

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I remember back in '96 i used to work at the Renault service for a year. New meganes were coming in daily with the same failure - head gasket. Seemed like a serial thing on 1.6.
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Originally Posted by Bob925 View Post
Head gasket failure is especially common on the 1.6 8v engine. Mine went also a few years back, but it was a teeny weeny water leak that gradually eroded the head! Fortunately it was repairable and was skimmed.
Bob, any idea what this skimming process is/involves?

Our 1.6RT Megane has just been diagnosed with a blown head gasket (still runs [just] and drives) but I got a neighbour and his friend who say they will help me to get it sorted. The only thing I'm worried about is this skimming thing - What is it and what tools are needed?

I love our megane (1st car since passing test) and I really don't want to let it go to scrap! It belongs to my mrs but she's yet to pass her test and has in the mean time purchased a little fiat bravo for her usage. She's wanted to send the megane to the scrap yard for a while because of it's starting issues, but so far i have successfully resisted this (and unlike most women she has listened when i stamped down my authority!). So it's still outside waiting awaiting it's fate but it must be said, i want to rescue this car at almost any cost - it's been very faithful and reliable to me and always got me where ever i needed to go - even when it's not been feeling very well!

*feels guilty for pushing the poor car too hard*
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Welcome to the forum.

Head skimming is a process that takes small layers off of the cylinder head face to make is flat and true and can only be carried out by specialist engineering companies.Prices vary,but it usually costs around 25 to do.

I think the 1.6 8 valve Renault engine is OK,but some heads can't be skimmed due to the small piston and valve clearances.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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Hi lag - Thanks for the warm welcome!

So (if I'm thinking it's the machine i think it is) it's done on a machine with a cutting blade which moves back and forth while the metal being cut is slowly moved along right? (did engineering years ago)

Oh heck, didn't realise it was going to be this painful to fix the poorly car..

So how do I know if it needs doing? - Is it a certainty that it will need doing or is there a tell tale sign i should look for?

Luckily at the moment we got the 2nd car to rely on so i suppose i could start dismantling the engine block now to take a peek (not that i want to as i don't know where to start, what fluids need draining, what things need disconnecting etc)...

Yes I have a haynes manual - I've lent it to the neighbours pal so he can familiarise himself with the car before they start to perform their repairs on it..

Thanks for your help and advice!
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