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I have a 93 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0 L V6 with 131k miles that has a blown head gasket which has caused coolant to leak into the cylinders and overheats the car. If I want to keep the car, is it better to replace the engine or just fix the cylinder head?

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If you did not kept driving the car there should not be any damage to the engine i would only change the head gasket be sure to have the heads pressure tested and check for cracks give these websites a try www.alldatadiy.com and www.autozone.com if all fails stop by your local library and get your hands on a Haynes auto repair manual for your car wish you the best of luck Michigan Man.

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If no other damage is done it is fine to have the head and gasket fixed, but with that many miles on it you might consider a rebuilt engine.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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