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I been told taht its needs a head gasket

There is no water in theoil and no oil in the water the problem is the radiator is always running out of water and i have replace the thermostat and all leaking hoses , radiator,ect. I dont have the money to put a new head gasket in it ive been told its a 1500 hundred job and the low blue book is that price when my brother gave it to me he replaced the motor and it only had 5ooo new miles on new engine id is there anything you can recommend i can do myself to give my car more life it runs great other then the over heating problem

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The head gasket separates each of the following from each other - coolant, oil, cylinder bores, and atmosphere. The head gasket can fail in such a way that oil and coolant will not mix, but coolant will still disappear - if the head gasket ruptures in a way that allows coolant to either exit the engine (a tear from the coolant jacket to the outside) or to allow coolant into the cylinders to be burned off (coolant jacket to cylinder bore), then you'd never see evidence of it in the oil, but your coolant would still disappear.

There's not much you can do other than keep adding coolant while you save up for the head gasket job. Still, you have been told that it's a $1500 job, but call around anyhow - that seems pretty high to me, even for a V6 engine. Call independent shops and not dealerships (most dealers are signficantly more expensive although they do have the advantage of more model-specific experience). Ask friends and neighbors who they would recommend, and check with the shops they say. You may find it to not be as expensive as you're expecting.

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