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Blown head gasket how much to repair?

White billowing smoke for back of car. possible blown head gasket. check engine light stays on.

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  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    If the 'white smoke' is steam that smells like antifreeze then you have a blown head gasket or crack. Check the fluid in the radiator. It will be getting low.

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You may be better replacing the whole engine with a rebuilt. It's going to cost close to $1000.00 to repair and you can buy a rebuilt for just $1700.00 and you know the engine is fresh. With a blown head gasket you have the fear of antifreeze contamination in your engine oil. The antifreeze is corrosive to the crankshaft bearings and you may be looking at bearing replacement also. If the body is good, you can always try to find another 1997 cavalier with less miles and swap out the engine. Seen most cavalier around that year for sale starting at $500.00 and another $300.00 for labor to do the swap. Good luck and sorry about the bad news. Keep me posted, be glad to help.

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I replaced my whole engine foe $500.00 with a 90 day warranty from junk yard motor ran great and it only had 40,000 miles on it do not wast your time with just the head if you plan to keep the car . good luck

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Yep, same as they said. because my head gasket leaks alittle (coolant to outside) after the previous owner replaced the head so my mechanic said to just put some Bar's radiator stop leak in otherwise according to his big book (labor price guide) it would of taken 5 hours times the 65 a hour and would of ended up being 325 JUST for a new head gasket.

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