Blown head gasket repair costs can have a surprising range based on the mechanics you are working with and the make and model car you have. Any head gasket repair job is going to be relatively expensive because of the required labor to get to your head gasket.
The head gasket is basically in the middle of your engine so you have to take off just about everything on top of your engine to get to the gasket. If you have an inline 4 cylinder, or incline 6 cylinder engine, this job may not end up being so difficult. Removing the head on this type of engine includes simply draining your engine fluids, removing the intake and exhaust manifold, the cooling hoses the timing chain or belt and maybe a few accessories to make more room to work.
If you have a V6, V8 or boxer engine, getting to the head gasket can be significantly more complicated. In these type engines, you actually have 2 head gaskets, one on each side of the engine. If you’re replacing the head gasket on your vehicle you should always replace both of them to make sure your engine stays balanced. Also, since you already have the majority of the engine taken apart to replace once gasket, it is cost effective to do the other one at the same time. With a “V” style engine or boxer engine, head gasket replacement costs can be 2 to 3 times the amount simply due to the extra labor associated with getting to the head which is more inaccessible on these vehicles.
The other thing that can significantly increase your head gasket repair cost is what other damage was caused when the head gasket started leaking. The drastic temperature changes along with the pressure of combustion leaking into different areas of the engine can cause problems with your cooling system and cause permanent damage to your engine block or cylinder heads. Since the head gasket has to retain the high temperatures and pressures of combustion, it needs to make a very tight seal between the cylinder head and engine block. If the surface of the cylinder head and engine block aren’t perfectly flat, then it can be difficult for the head gasket to make a good seal.
This is where costs can really add up for head gasket repair. If your cylinder heads are warped, cracked or pitted it can take a significant amount of machine work to get things back to where they need to be. Even worse, if your engine block isn’t flat or has been damaged, it will need to be removed and machined as well. Since the shops that will do that kind of work are usually specialty shops the prices can be extremely high. If you decide not to check your block or head for damage you also can end up with a leak even in your brand new head gasket.
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