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I have a blown head gasket will it cost me at least $1000

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It may cost you $500 to $800, depending where and how your car has to be fixed.
Replacing a cylinder head gasket is a miss or a hit. In some cases, just replacing the gasket may work. But if the cylinder head is bent, dealer may ask to replace it, because "machined aluminum heads rarely works". In this case the cost may be more than $1000. It is a good idea to send the cylinder head for inspection, in a machine shop. They charge $150 for inspecting, checking, cleaning and if necessary machining the head.
If the timing belt will be replaced this is an extra cost. If someone will just replace the gasket, on a bent cylinder head, it is more likely to blow out again. This problem can be solved if the gasket be replaced properly, checking and taking care for the cylinder head too. I can't do it from the internet. If you decide to do it by yourself, or by someone who can help you, then Haynes Repair Manual on line for $20 is a must, and some tools for $100.
With help you can do it during a week end. One day to dismantle, and another day to put things back. Be patient and pay attention to details.
Everything is in the manual. If you will replace the timing belt too, and i encourage you to do it, there is only one thing missing in the manual, and i will tell you.
To put on the timing belt, align marks, mount first the belt around the crank pulley, and after to the overhead cam. Rotate fully the belt two times (drive selector in NEUTRAL), and check the timing marks. You will be one tooth off. The reason is the belt tensioner. Remove the belt, move the off timing pulley one tooth in opposite direction and install the belt. You have to repeat this procedure till after two full rotation of the belt, the MARKS ALIGN. Good Luck.

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