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Need to replace blown head gasket on the above vehicle

I need the specs for repairing/replacing a blown head gasket

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  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    ha.. get a repair manual... mine just crapped out yesterday,.... my biggest concern is if the head is warped.. i never oveheated the thing... {had 100 000 miles on the car}

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Are you sure head is not cracked

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How to change blown head gasket


you need the repair manual for the car in question, either book or PDF

you will need a torque wrench (to correctly tighten the header bolts)

you will require the appropriate replacement gasket part for your vehicle

the repair manual will describe the correct steps to replace gasket for your specific car, as the process is different for each car

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I have a 1992 nissan pickup 4cyl. I replaced the timing chain following the Haynes repair manual I got with the truck. After replacing everything I started trying to start it............it tried to start...


I am guessing that you have the valve timing set so there is low to no compression. Remove the plugs and check compression. You need min 100 lbs to have the engine run properly. Or if you have a vacuum guage hook it to direct manifold vacuum. With the engine cranking around you should have 1-3 in of vacuum or it will not start. It will smell like gas because the gas keeps enternig the cylinder but not being burnt. then it contaminates the oil.

Dec 05, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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How do i replace a blown headgasket


To replace a blown head gasket requires a lot of labor on this vehicle. Its a v6, meaning you have 2 head gaskets to replace instead of just 1. It requires removing air cleaner, disconnecting battery, removing most of the accessories that are belt driven, removing the intake manifold, egr valve and tubing, exhaust manifold on both sides of engine, timing belt removal, valve covers, and a few smaller items. After removing everything on top of the engine, you'll have access to the cylinder head bolts. Removing them will allow you to lift off the cylinder heads. Before replacing the gaskets, you must send them to a machine shop to have the gasket surface milled true flat again. They must also be inspected for cracks (which will sometimes happen with blown head gaskets) which would render them useless.
If this is a vehicle you really like, perhaps consider investing in a quality used motor. Its less labor intensive, less repeat repair, and you may come out saving a few bucks.

Sep 01, 2011 | 1996 Dodge Intrepid

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Water poured out and water in my oil


Water in the oil can only mean a few things: a blown head gasket, intake manifold gasket (on some engines), a cracked/broken cylinder head, or a cracked/broken cylinder wall in the engine block.

In any of these cases, it is going to require major engine repair to fix it. There may be moderate to severe damage to the engine bearings (cam and crank bearings) due to the water in the oil. I would recommend TOWING it to a professional repair shop to get an evaluation of the damage. You may be able to fix it with a head gasket replacement and an oil change, or you may have to replace the entire engine. DO NOT OPERATE THE ENGINE OR TRY TO DRIVE THE VEHICLE. This will only GAURANTEE that you will need to replace the entire engine!

Jun 18, 2011 | 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier

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How to repair a head gasket


you should get a manual for repair as you will need specs and such, and there are tricks to each vehicle, 35 yrs in the business and i still use manuals, you can purchase a gasket kit that will give you all the necessary seals, have the heads checked at a machine shop for defect or cracks, also get new head bolts, use new fluids, and replace any parts that seem worn

Nov 06, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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How big of a hassle would it be to repair a blown head gasket


That depends on several factors:
1. How much time do you have to accomplish the repair?
2. How much experience - hands on - do you have on your car?
3. Do you have the repair manual for this year/make?
4. Do you have the necessary tools and place to perform it?

If you're sure it's a blown head gasket, are the replacement gaskets available (check online with autozone - they have an instock/availability feature)? Without indepth knowledge of your situation (referenced above 1-4) a best guess would be an entire day from start to finish 8am - 10pm if you're inexperienced with the car, but determined and knowledgeable with the required tools. You shouldn't need anything out of the ordinary - just sockets/wrenches etc, a good light and the service manual for a step by step. It would be worth your while to get the service manual anyway and look through the necessary steps so that you'll be able to make an informed decision yourself. Any service manual will give the steps in order required to perform the head gasket replacement. One further question; How do you know you have a blown head gasket? Is it visibly leaking to the outside? Have you performed a compression check and you get leakeage to an adjacent cylinder? Best advice is to purchase the manual (or check one out from your local library - they've always had the one I wanted - before I bought it). The manuals have instructions for troubleshooting this kind of issue. Good luck!

Sep 23, 2010 | 1992 Acura Legend

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Head gasket blown. What is approximate cost to


    Considerations
  1. Many internal engine problems, such as a blown head gasket, cracked head or cracked piston, can be repaired without having to replace an entire engine.
  2. Potential
  3. While taking the time to replace an engine may seem labor-intensive and costly, it will add years to a vehicle's life and will save a car owner from the cost of having to buy a new car.
  4. Benefits
  5. Taking a car to a mechanic and replacing an engine with a used engine can cost between $1,000 to $2,000 for parts and labor.
  6. Solution
  7. Car owners interested in replacing their engines with new ones can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 to $4,000.
  8. Speculation
  9. For those interested in doing the engine replacement themselves, purchasing specialized tools needed for the job is a cost to consider in addition to the price of a replacement engine.

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There is this 2000 dodge intrepid that has a blown head gasket


It has been My Experience that Most Repairs on this Vehicle ARE PRICEY and it is Not Worth the Maintnance Cost For Instance To Replace the STARTER One Must Remove the Engine Mount This tacks On an Axtra 80 Dollars to Lobor To Replace The Engine Labor ALONE is Around 1,500.00 Cmopared to 6-8 Hundred on Most other Makes & Modles I Personaly Would NOT own One.

Feb 21, 2009 | 2000 Dodge Intrepid

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Gasket is blown, water in my oil.


As long as the heads are not damaged from overheating repairing would be an option rather than replacing the engine. Get advise from a mechanic you trust. The intake manifold gaskets are the most common problem with this vehicle if you have the V6 engine.

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