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2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« November 13, 2020, 05:46:13 »
Hi All,

For about 6 years I have been raving about my i30, never had an issue beyond globes or minor electrical. BUT, coming home today, this happened...
  • After a set of lights went green, I decided to give it some...as you do. As I crept past I believe 3000 revs, I heard what I thought was the death of my turbo, sounded like a short sharp whistle
  • After laughing about it because someone told me a few weeks earlier that he thought the turbo was going bad just off the sound I said "No way mate, I'll bet you a beer it's not", I had stopped at another set of lights. I was thinking, 'ok no turbo, very little torque, don't expect a takeoff'
  • As I went to accelerate, there was little to no power at all, accompanied by a thick white smoke out of the exhaust which f***ing stunk! Thinking it was overheating (gauge did not reflect this), I still wanted to get off the road ASAP, so i crept in 1st for 30m, then heard engine clunking so i turned the engine off and pushed it into a side street...lucky I was wearing high viz

Since then (about 3 hrs ago), I stumbled upon a post on here that describes very similar symptoms: :link: 2010 crdi i30 cw head gasket, and have semi-concluded that I have a head gasket leak. However, I believe that every second that I left the car running after the first noise, was an exponential curve in money for repair. I believe the total time running after the noise was approx 2 mins 30 seconds, at which point I heard the clunking.

The clunking? I think it was the engine seizing up as i had left it running too long after the noise, and the coolant removed the lubrication effect of the oil, and friction began to cook the engine (causing the white smoke), which in turn caused a part to break, causing the clunking.

Cause and effect in full swing, just not the nicest example. Anyway, is what it is, let me know your thoughts and I will keep you informed as the circus begins :lol:


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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #1 : November 13, 2020, 15:53:51 »
Gees!  :head_knock:
I hope that it is something simple!

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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #2 : November 13, 2020, 18:34:37 »
Damn! Doesn't sound good.. I'm very good at understating the bleeding obvious.  :whistler:

Certainly unlikely to be a cheap fix.  :disapp:
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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #3 : November 14, 2020, 02:50:29 »
Well there has to be at least one optimist on every forum!  :D

Hope your diesel is diagnosed and repaired soon.


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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #4 : November 14, 2020, 05:13:19 »
Was the exhaust smell "sweet"? Like burned sugar?
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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #5 : November 15, 2020, 19:24:54 »
Hi sundiz,

A brown sugar smell would've been lovely. My thick white smoke smelt like burning oil. I hadn't thought of gearbox until writing this reply. Considering that the coolant level is still fine, perhaps it's gearbox based. I was having issues getting it into gear sometimes (manual) after the car had been driving for 45 mins to an hour, so maybe a gear let go and blended the other gears🤷. Thoughts?
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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #6 : November 16, 2020, 15:15:16 »
Sounds more motor related to me. I'd be looking out for a good cheap 2nd hand engine. Your only viable option for a cost effective repair. If the engine and gearbox are both stuffed then might as well leave her where she is and use her as a flower pot.   :disapp:
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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #7 : November 20, 2020, 01:00:06 »
Ok, mechanic had a look...it's f***ed. He managed to get it running for a little while, but then the white smoke came back and heard the clunking. He concluded that it was a broken rod in the motor can then gave me some options:
1. Buy a replacement motor to be fitted. I have found one for $1000 with warranty, however the mechanic said he may have to replace other parts along the way e.g. radiator, turbo, so they don't ruin the "new" motor. The labour is expected to be approx 11 hrs and will cost more than the motor itself. Others have said that a replacement motor is like lucky dip and I should be careful.
2. Sell it to a scrapyard and get something else.

I want to hear your thoughts, I've never had to do something like this. Perhaps choose an option, why/why not and some advice? Appreciate any assistance in this sh*t either way decision making process. Cheers
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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #8 : November 20, 2020, 01:17:59 »
Sorry to hear the really bad news...
Did the mechanic give you an idea of what could have caused this damage?

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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #9 : November 20, 2020, 06:13:29 »
Personally I would go with 2nd option.

No sense to put few thousand to car that is not much more worth when working, unless you really like that car. Might be worth if you did the work yourself.
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Re: 2009 i30cw CRDi carked it (potential head gasket)
« Reply #10 : November 20, 2020, 19:30:10 »
I want to hear your thoughts, I've never had to do something like this. Perhaps choose an option, why/why not and some advice? Appreciate any assistance in this sh*t either way decision making process. Cheers

@zatos99  you need some local advise will PM
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