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    Default To Skim or Not to Skim?.. That is the question!!

    Hi guys quick question about my 2.2 DTI I'm currently having to remove the head to get the ****** glow plugs out.

    if it were yours would you get the head skimmed before you put it back!!

    I am aware of the implications etc and if the head gasket were blown its a no brainer but just wondering what you would do??

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    Personally no, unless there is any marks on the face, or it appears to be warped.

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    Worth getting it checked whilst its off.

    Our local place only charges £20 for a skim anyway.

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    Check it for trueness or have it checked. Only skim it if necessary.

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    Wouldn't have thought it will need skimming,unless you had specific head related problems beforehand eg blown gasket/overheating etc..diesel heads tend to last longer than petrols they don't run as hot.

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    For the 20/25 quid it costs it's not worth not getting it done tbh

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    If you want to be replacing the head gasket again soon - don't skim it.

    IMO it is a false economy to not do it, or at the very minimum have it checked properly. Obviously they will only take off the bare minimum, but you need to know how much, so you can get the correct thickness gasket. Otherwise compression ratio will be affected (pedantic).

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    yeh i was thinking about that, the parts place i use only keep the thickest gasket, they say that you only loose 0.05 of your compression. I guess thats better than fitting a thinner one and totally screwing your engine when the pistons slam into the head lol!!!

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