Whenever a head gasket is done, especially for a coolant leak, the head needs to be checked for out-of-flat with a straightedge and feeler gauges to ensure proper clamping force on the new gasket. Checking for cracks with either magnaflux or a dye penetrant test kit is a prudent move as well. Special attention needs to be paid to the failure area on both the head and the block because either one of which could be the cause. In automotive if no specs are available we use .004 overall, .002 for a 6 inch section or .001 per cylinder. Fiber gaskets are more forgiving for minor out of flat issues, but, if flat, the steel gaskets are a better choice. I would use a multi-layered steel head gasket in automotive any day over fiber. Hope this helps. Gerard
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