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First thing is. why did the gasket blew? overheated, detonation or preignition, was the headgasket replaced before, does the car has alot of miles on the engine, did you squeeze everything out of the engine power wise? these are most common causes of a blown headgasket.

the first thing you need to do is find an OEM or reinforced gasket and replace it. if you never done it before take it to a mechanic or someone who is good at it. also check if the head and possibly block is warped ( if the surface where the gasket goes on is bent). if it is take it to a machine shop or replace it.

if you will do it yourself make sure to remove the head studs in correct sequence. and when putting it back together put it the correct sequence and use torque wrench to tighten the studs correctly. approximately 60-75 ftpounds.

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