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Re: Use A Wire-Wheel To Clean Head Gasket

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This doesn't involve wire wheels, but when I was a Claims Adjuster working vehicle service contracts, we'd authorize a shop to replace the intake gaskets in one of GM's no-account 3.4 engines and a coupla thousand miles later we'd get a call on the same vehicle with the bearings out of the lower end.

First question we'd ask the shop was, "Did you use those little abrasive wheels to clean the gasket surfaces when you replaced the intake gaskets?" Invariable they had, and couldn't even put two and two together as to why we asked.

All the grit from the abrasive wheel was going straight into the oil pan. Their claim would then be treated as caused by an improper prior repair.

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04-11-2013 05:52:11

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 Re: Use A Wire-Wheel To Clean Head Gasket in reply to Goose, 04-10-2013 19:36:34  
While getting abrasion and foreign particles in the oil can very well take out the lower bearings, a lot of the GM 3.1 and 3.4 engines have their lower bearings taken out from the antifreeze that leaks into the oil. The silica in the old traditional green antifreeze can take out bearings in no time.

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