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Re: 1996 ford explorer needs new head gaskets
I would put the money into the vehicle. Do you really want to go thousands into debt to purchase another vehicle? Cheaper to fix than replace. If the vehicle is in good shape all around I would repair it. If you are going to do the work yourself it will cost lots less than the 2000. If you do the work have the heads milled and replace the stem seals and knurl the valve guides at the same time. Also check for weak or broken valve springs. Your local machine shop should do all this anyway. Good luck.
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You would need to provide more information for an exact estimate such as auto or manual trans, trans model and engine size. I'll assume it's the most popular 4.0L with an auto trans and 4x4. The book time to remove the transmission (depends on which labor book) is 5.8 hours plus .3 flywheel removal plus approx .5 to replace the plugs. The cooling system will have to be purged of air .8 and the coolant should be replaced. Multiply 7.4 hours times the shop rate example: $99.00 per hour would be approx. $740.00 in labor plus parts. Freeze plugs are cheap and coolant will be approx. $25. Good luck :o)
To start with the gasket set is about $190.00 and requires new head bolts at about $35.00. I would figure on about 8-10 hours of labor at what ever the going rate is for your area of the country. Assuming the heads don't have to be machined to fix any warpage, the total bill will be in the $1500.00 range.
Hi, there no need to add anything to transmission its to late for that if you alredy lot reverse. For a rebuild unit and labor,fluid ,and i would add a cooler also you looking at any were between $1500 - $2000 dollars it all depens on shop rate and if its 4x4 or 4x2 . Thanks if i can help just re post.
if you do it yourself, the gasket it probably like 50, intake gasket 30 , plus new head bolts, anywhere from 5-10 dollars each. if the head needs resurfacing its like 50, plus valve job is 140, --
the average, if you do it your self is about 500-
now if you have block damage, or severe head damage, that cost will go up significantly, and i dont know why you are replacing your head gasket or i could help you out with the price better.. leave a comment and i will answer your questions if you want.
if you take it to a dealer, it will be anywhere from 1500average to 3000 and up for significant damage..
Cost about $500 or a little more less for a head depending on what type of engine you have. Labor about $200 - $300 to install. Total for one head $ 900 or a little more again depends on what type of motor.
anywhere between $500-850 depending on quality of parts and labour rate. plus alignment plus tax. if the truck has low km put the lifetime warranty ones in. trust me they will pay for them selves quickly because the cheap ones don't usually last that long. i personally wont put the cheap ones in any of my customers vehicles just to save me and them future problems.good luck
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.