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The mechanic says i need a new lower intake gasket (at a cost of $1500 CDN) - can i just keep replacing the coolant as needed or is the vehicle (2002 Montana) unsafe to drive? thanks

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First off, no you cannot just keep replacing the coolant. If coolant enters the engine lubrication system it will destroy the engine. You must have this repaired. But $1,500 is an outrageous charge for this repair. Find you another honest mechanic to repair this vehicle. This mechanic is ripping you off.

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