I recently had my 2002 Cavalier into the garage to get repaired, after paying a little over One Thousand dollars to replace the head gasket and a few other things, after picking the vehicle up and driving it for a few days it started acting up, the temperature gauge returned to the red, and the vehicle recently started to smoke.
I had replaced the coolant, and filled the Windshield Washer tank, suspecting it was a coolant leak, but now it is still doing it.
There is a light that has come on in the dashboard, it is orange, and has a sort of circle shape with TC inside it.
Could anyone help me out?
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To replace the valve cover gasket shouldn't be that expensive. Although those cars are known for blown head gaskets, so I would have them look carefully at the back of the engine for an oil leak. If it is leaking oil out of the head, it is only a matter of time before the head gasket will be pushing anti-freeze. Please rate my answer so I get points for it.
There is really no difference between a blown or cracked head gasket. In either case the gasket would have to be replaced. Generally the term "cracked" is used when referring specifically to the cylinder head/s its/them selves. If the cylinder head is cracked it is a much more expensive repair.
sounds like you have blown head gasket, or cracked head, did the motor run hot, if so, you can try head gasket, maybe you will get lucky, also i would replace intake gaskets, parts should be anywhere from 50.00 to 200.00 dollars, depends were you get them,need to clean out cyclinder with antifreeze in it, and check other ones too, pull plugs out get somebody to turn motor over watch for antifreeze coming out of spark plug holes, maybe you can put head gasket on and keep on riding...
When torquing items today very little is done with just "numbers" in the process. Now you have to have an angle meter to complete the process so when you see me say to torque a specific number "plus so many degrees", this is how it's done. This is the meter:
Now, Here are the specs for installing the head:
Cylinder Head Bolt
22 lb ft
Here is the sequence shown in picture form:
Also, you will need to discard the old bolts because they are "torque to yeild" bolts and CANNOT be reused. The reason: "Torque to yeild" bolts actually stretch during the torque process and once they've gone through this process they can't be reused because they no longer are able to "clamp" the head because they are too long. Hope this helps your repair project.
Check for air leaks on the inlet manifold and all other air intake connections.
Check PCV valve operation - and its connections.
If it's none of these, take it back to the mechanic who replaced the gasket to be further checked.
Hi I am Vortash the first thing you should check is the fluid level ( water ) in the radiator bottle .. and the oil to see if there is any water in it if you have a heat problem the head gasket can leak allowing water to mix with the oil .. this causes the oil to turn creamy white and reduces it's protection to the engine .
The best thing for you to do is have the vehicle checked over now as if the head cooks you could be looking at a couple of thousand dollars for repair in this country The UK it would cost about a thousand pounds to have a head skimmed and the gaskets replaced due to overheating and at todays currency exchange thats a lot of dollars ..Have a compression test done on the cylinders this will tell you if you have a gasket problem , The readings per cylinder should be between 130 to 150 per cylinder any lower and you have a problem .. regards Vortash
I replaced my whole engine foe $500.00 with a 90 day warranty from junk yard motor ran great and it only had 40,000 miles on it do not wast your time with just the head if you plan to keep the car . good luck
fix it your self .or take it to the garage. fixing it your self cheaper is cheaper. it will at least 700.00 dollars or more at a garage. depend on the condition of the head. its has to be fix you cant plug a leaking head gasket.