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Old 08-16-2011, 11:46 AM   #1
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Question Repair cracked head gasket with Liquid Glass? (2003 Liberty)

I've got a 2003 Jeep Liberty, V6, with 160,000 miles on it. The Check Engine Light came on indicating a bunch of misfires (0300, 0301, 0302, 0304, 0305, 0306) and I took it to the shop. They quoted me $2,500 to fix: cracked head gasket + cooling fan + relay switch + intake [can't read next word of my own notes]. I can't afford that. One year ago, this shop replaced the radiator for me + six months ago they replaced the water pump. A friend's dad suggested that liquid glass might fix the cracked head gasket. I used liquid glass according to instructions + also changed the oil. Have I made the situation worse? Can I fix the fan + relay myself? The relay looks easy to replace, but I'm not sure about the fan. I would prefer to take it to a shop. Is the shop likely to be willing to make just the non-gasket repairs? Or are they likely to balk at the idea? Would I be better off taking it to a different shop? Or better off doing it myself because I'm on a tight budget, even though my experience has been pretty much limited to changing oil?

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The only way to properly fix a blown head gasket is to replace it. I have begrudgingly used some of the snake oil fixes on customer cars in the past when they wanted something cheaper and an idiot service writer agreed to try it. They are OK if you want it fixed for a month so you can sell it. If you want to keep it you need to do a proper repair.

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I had a friend ask me the same ting about the head gasket repair in a bottle. His car was a pile of junk so I said he could try it and see what happens. Well, it went another 25k miles for him and the guy he sold it to is still driving it. It can work at times, but the certain way to fix it is with a new gasket.

The fan and relay won't be anything more than a few bolts and plugs. I'm sure you can tackle the job by just taking your time.
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