Question about 1992 Acura Legend
Yes, it can be changed, but I can tell you from experience that it's more work to change the gasket than it is to change the engine. It's a lot more labor-intensive to essentially split the engine in half than it is to remove it intact and replace it. If you're not an experienced mechanic who is familiar with the particular car's engine, don't attempt it on your own. There are a dozen ways to destroy your engine if you don't set up the engine correctly before taking out the first bolt, or if you mis-time it when you reassemble it, or if you don't get the two-step torque settings (and pattern) correct when putting the head onto the new gasket. To give an idea of what it takes, here's a link to a picture of my wife's Honda Civic from this past weekend, when I changed her head gasket:
Keep in mind that this is a four-cylinder inline engine. You have a V6, so your car has two head gaskets, and unless you know which one is bad, you may end up doing one side of the engine unnecessarily. Best practice would be to do both anyhow - if one failed, the other may be on the way as well. Also, both may be bad.
Bottom line - it's a LOT of work, and you can very easily wreck the engine if everything is not set up perfectly when you reassemble it. Have a pro take care of it, but price out the costs of both a head gasket repair and an engine swap.
Posted on Nov 18, 2009
All u need is a new head gasket
Posted on Nov 18, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The average sale price for a 91 Lexus in the US, is $3900.00. Used radiator would be around $200.00. Machine shop to machine the head (highly recommended) $500.00 to $1000.00. Gaskets and hoses another $200.00. I don’t know how much you have into it, but I hope this helps your decision.
Posted on Jul 12, 2008
SOURCE: head gasket blown
there are many was a head gasket can blow . sometimes they just leak to the outside sometimes they leak to the coolant and then it blows out your antifreeze. if you have a blown head gasket you will see it when you pull the head. and yes you should hace the head checked at a machine shop and install with a new head set never reuse a gasket .
Posted on Sep 15, 2008
SOURCE: blown head gasket
I would change both, as well as use new head bolts. Make sure your heads are not warped or cracked, especially the one that is leaking. There may not be any need to change the head if it is not cracked. These are prone to blowing a gasket especially after 150K miles or so. It will not cost a huge additional amount to change both head gaskets since the engine will have to be disassembled down to the heads anyway. Hope this helps you, Rick
Posted on Apr 18, 2009
SOMETIMES THEY DO BUT PURCHASE ONE WITH A MONEY BACK GARANTEE. THERE IS ONE CALLED BLUE DEVIL THAT IS FOUND AT ADVANCE AUTO PARTS. IT IS A BLUE LIQUID THAT YOU POUR INTO THE RADIATOR. I MUST CAUTION YOU THAT THE INSTRUCTIONS MUST BE FOLLOWED TO THE LETTER. IF IT DOESN'T WORK, THEN GO TO THE STORE AND GET YOUR SIXTY BUCKS RIGHT BACK. BEST OF LUCK AND THANKS FOR USING FIX-YA. P.S. LET ME KNOW HOW THIS WORKS FOR YOU. YOU ARE WELCOME TO RATE THE HELP YOU HAVE RECEIVED TODAY.
Posted on May 07, 2009
sealers usually end up costing you more in the long term than the short term. these sealers react to heat and air. so you end up doing nothing more than plugging up you radiator, water passage ports, water pumps get damaged. causing more over heating problems than they solve. no i would go for what the shop gave you as a quote. that seems a pretty reasonable quote for the position you are in.
Posted on May 07, 2009
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