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Blown head gasket guy said hes not changing it jus replaced valve cover gasket and map sensor

Blown head gasket

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You can try to add a stop leak to your coolant system and this could buy a little time for the engine. The problem is that the stop leak will plug up your heater core and you need to replace that also. The best thing to do is to weigh the pros and cons for repairing the car. Is the car worth the cost of doing the head. I am assuming that this is a 4 cylinder. If you feel the cost is within reason, bring the car to a shop that will do the work properly.

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