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Overheating i have a 1999 rav-4 4 cylinder with 120,000k. i have brought this car my finances to a local mechanic and first they said water pump ($500) then it was radiator ($600) now they think it is a head gasket ($1200). said they found faint exhaust fumes in radiator. first questions is can a layman expect to be able to fix this problem? from what i understand the part is inexpensive it is the labor that is the expensive part. second question i was talking to a good old boy and he informed that there is something that you can put into the radiator to possibly seal the gasket is there such a product? need help getting married, looking at houses, and now looking at cars i am going to implode.

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  • dannypitt33 Mar 12, 2009

    i have no autmobile repair knowledge but good with tools could i attempte to fix problem? if so can i find a manual to do so?

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Replacing a head gasket is a job better left to professionals.  The repair shop you have been taking it to obviously doesn't know what they are doing, as they are only throwing on parts in hope of fixing the problem.  There is a chance that a can of stop leak and some times retorquing the head bolts might temp solve the problem.  Try a product called:  Bars leak.

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Prices seem high, try to go elsewhere! price for waterpump and radiator are way to high, as for head gasket, it's a bit high but not really to bad. yes there is something you can put in radiator, it's called radiator stop leak, bargs? is the best i belive. note, stop leak is a TEMP solution. best off just to fix the problem.

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  • Steven Brock Mar 12, 2009

    everyone has to start someplace but i wouldn't start off with a head gasket job. plus i'm sure you don't have a torq wrench and a cheap one is around 50 right there. yes you can find a manual to help walk you through it but still, it's a headace. no one can stop you from trying it, if you do, just remember what you take from where, buy new head bolts, and take your time. ALOT OF TIME. and to clean the head and block good. failure to do so will ruin the head gasket and you have to do the whole project over again.

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