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How much will it cost to repair a leaking head gasket on a 2000 ford focus se?

My car is loud and the check engine lights goes off and on. I took it to a mechanic who said the head gasket is leaking. The issue is that he doesn't repair head gaskets, just immediately replaces the engine. I would like to know how much it will cost to repair the leaking head gasket, as opposed to replacing the whole engine.

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Header gaskets are fairly expensive to replace. It depends on the labor rates of the repair facility. I would try to find a local community college that has an automotive degree program. Usually they will charge much less for the fix (to help students learn) than a garage. If that isn't an option I would replace the head gasket and not the whole engine. Of course, if there is other damaged caused by the leaky gasket that is another story. There is a lot of labor involved with replacing a header gasket. I would say anywhere from $500 to $1000 anyway. Hope this helps.

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  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.
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