Head gasket

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by Donnie1972, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. Donnie1972

    Donnie1972 New Member

    I have a 2009 Tacoma Prerunner 4.0 L engine. I have a l22,000 on it and my head gasket blew out. I have taken great care of and it’s never ran hot . Just out of the blue this happened. Has anyone experienced this. And is the worth fixing??
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  3. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    I haven't had this issue. I have an 09 as well. I'm only at 105,000 though. Yes it's definitely worth fixing.
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  4. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    Are you sure it's a head gasket?
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  5. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    The 3.0L and the 22re motors use to to it often. The 3.4 and the 4.0 don’t usually have the issue but it happens usually at least once in an engines life. It is worth fixing. Done right it will last at least another 122k Miles. Cheaper than a new Tacoma.
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  6. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum
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  7. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    I've heard that the early 4.0s had headgasket issues later in life. They are still rare to see though.
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  8. wbfischer

    wbfischer Active Member

    My 2005 4.0 is head gasket is toast 200k+ miles. Idk how to change them myself or have time I ran sealer through mine amd it has helped not perfect but better. Still wont pull coolant from my recovery tank though so idk
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  9. Joisey

    Joisey Well-Known Member

    If the head gasket went south you should check the head and block for warping and have the head magnafluxed to check for cracks. Most likely the head will warp and have to be surfaced. Not expensive but necessary to do a proper job. I would check if Felpro makes a head gasket for your application. Their gaskets are top notch.

    As far as sealants, they are a poor substitute for proper mechanical work. However, a can of regular ground black pepper, 4 ounces or so, dumped in the cooling system will cure most any leak or crack.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
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