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Old 06-26-2011, 08:25 AM   #1
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Blown headgasket

Yes folks it's true. My BF ble the headgasket!! Shop talking $3600 for rebuilt engine, lock, stock and barrel 3 year warranty. Anyone have any cheaper ideas?

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Old 06-26-2011, 08:35 AM   #2
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Did the engine grenade, or just mix a bad batch of oil and coolant?

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Old 06-26-2011, 09:20 AM   #3
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I did a head gasket on my old Ford Ranger, just a take apart and put back together job but you need the right tools (torque wrench etc). You may want to post to this question in the tech forum too. Where in VA are you?
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You could change the head gasket yourself granted it did not damage the rings, cylinder walls, etc (usually does not happen unless it gets extremely hot, from my experience anyway as a shade tree mechanic). Take the intake off, take the heads off and bring them to a machine shop to check and make sure they are "true" as in perfectly straight, no warpage, and have them magnaflux them to check for cracks. Better safe than sorry.

Much, much cheaper than a rebuilt engine. Head gaskets typicaly blow short of damaging the entire engine. If it got hot enough to actually lose power and shut down on you, well......that is a different story. Good luck none the less and hate to hear this news.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:33 AM   #5
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loose power

Thanks I will repost in the Tech section. Yes it did slow down and loose power. Coolant in the oil.
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You could change the head gasket yourself granted it did not damage the rings, cylinder walls, etc (usually does not happen unless it gets extremely hot, from my experience anyway as a shade tree mechanic). Take the intake off, take the heads off and bring them to a machine shop to check and make sure they are "true" as in perfectly straight, no warpage, and have them magnaflux them to check for cracks. Better safe than sorry.

Much, much cheaper than a rebuilt engine. Head gaskets typicaly blow short of damaging the entire engine. If it got hot enough to actually lose power and shut down on you, well......that is a different story. Good luck none the less and hate to hear this news.
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