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2005 dodge grand caravan sxt 3.8l Temperature gage went up and light and buzzer. checked prestone,no more left drove in to garage they tell me that the head gasket is blown and/or the block is cracked. It has 65000 miles only. I was told that they don't guarantee the engine after doing the job. Is it worthed to fix or change the engine? Is it a frequent problem? Eric

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  • canadair20 Apr 28, 2010

    Thank you I'll see if it can be passed on the Warranty. Eric

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Hi.

The problem is usually the head gasket. This will cause refrigerant being vaporized inside the engine, loss of compression and overheating.

Same symptoms can be caused by a cracked engine block, but this second fault is far less common.

If the problem is the head gasket, better replacing the gasket rather than the whole block. If the replacement is done by a trained and experienced mechanic, the engine will be fine after the repair.

Replacing the head gasket is not a difficult job, but it takes a lot of work and quite enough time. All fluids must be bleed, the air intake, valve cover, timing cover, belt and head must be removed to replace the head gasket. The head gasket itself is not an expensive part. Labor to replace the gasket is expensive.

If the head gasket is the problem, better replacing the head gasket. Replacing the engine is more expensive, and you do not get any warranty about possible second hand engine block failures.

Regards.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010

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