I own a 1986 BMW 524td turbo diesel that needs a head gaskt. The local machine shop said that the head has a .010 warp. I am not a fan of machined heads. Can I use a three notch head gaskt instead of the stock two notch thinking that the thicker gskt will absorb the warp? I am a 1950's motor head and remember spray painting a new head gaskt before installing it because of the same problem. Will this trick work here? I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks, LR.
head gasket on 1990 BMW 525i
by Visitor in Elmwood Park, NJ on February 27, 2011
ANSWER by ZeeTech , February 27, 2011
No, the thicker gasket wont absorb the warpage, it will however compensate the distance that the machine shop has to shave off from the head. Don't spray paint the gasket! Zee