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1996 Chevy Cavalier blown head gasket

Approximately how much would it cost to repair a head gasket on a 1996 Chevy Cavalier with a 2.2 engine? What about a thermostat?

I have been having trouble with my car overheating and have had to occasionally add in more coolant (I top it off every couple of months), although a test on it last week showed that their were no leaks present. They didnt think it was the water pump from their tests and suggested that it might be either the head gasket or the thermostat. Are there any other things I might need to consider as the problem and what are the approximate costs to fix them? I am just wondering how much more money to put into my car and I also want to be prepared and somewhat knowledgable when discussing my options with the mechanic. Thanks!

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  • charlee1190 Jan 30, 2009

    I have no idea what to do. We've replaced the thermostat and it seemed like that worked but then a couple days later it started doing the same thing. My husband is to stubborn to take it to a mechanic so I'm just at a loss. What are the things I should have him check?

  • invictus026 Mar 12, 2009

    I finally decided to pay them the money to check it out and after pumping $100 in it to get it looked at, it ended up being the head gasket. It was the Chevy dealer's that actually determined this and told me it would cost about $1200 to fix. Needless to say, I decided to ditch the car, it was on its last leg anyways, but I still miss it :(



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Pull the spark plugs out and see if they have a brown tint to them and smell funny. You can tell a lot by the spark plugs. That could tell you if you're getting anti freeze in your cylinders. These engines are bad about head gaskets and cracked heads. To replace the head gasket you're probably looking at about 480.00 labor and about 200.00 in parts and machine work, unless the head is cracked, then you're looking at more money.

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Check ur oil dip stck, see if its just oil. i am replacing the head gasket right now on my ex's car. after doing the water pump,thermastat,radiatoe and a sensor i decised to check the dip stick. it looked like someones coffee after they put creamer i it....

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