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Just found out that my 2000 Taurus might have a cracked head - how much does that usually cost to fix?

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  • mindylck Jul 22, 2009

    Thanks so much. I have a powertrain warranty, so I am hoping it will be covered, but this definitely helps me know what the actual cost of a new one would be. Of course, I guess the big cost will be labor.



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Forget fixing...get it replaced. Here is a link that will take you to a website that you can order a warranteed head....very cheap too!

6cylinder 3.0 2000 and newer..........................................$175.00 each

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  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jul 22, 2009


    Labor? Figure at LEAST $90.00 an hour.



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Depends on wether or not the head was cracked or not. Your Taurus head may have been able to be machined, saving you the cost of purchasing a new head. Of course, most times the head has to be sent out to check for cracks, so if that was not done then you could be getting overcharged.
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