Head gasket repair costs can vary significantly from one vehicle to another. The cost depends on how common the job is, the type of vehicle you drive, the orientation of the engine, the location of the camshaft and its associated equipment, and what other components are replaced or refurbished during the replacement. All of these factors will not only affect the cost of the parts you need to purchase, but how long the job will take which will impact labor costs. Every car dealership keeps a repair manual on each make and model car they’ve sold. These repair manuals not only help the mechanics diagnose and repair your vehicle, but they also stipulate how long each job should take.
The cost of your head gasket repair can also vary based on the mechanic you go to. Most mechanics charge based on the length of time to job is supposed to take based on that shop manual for your car. For example, if replacing the head gasket on your vehicle should take a mechanic at the dealership 4 hours, the shop will charge you their hourly labor rate multiplied by that 4 hours.
All of these costs can quickly add up. For starters, most head gasket jobs require 3-8 hours depending on the how your car is built and what the disassembly and reassembly procedure is. This labor cost is where most of the expense come from for your head gasket job. On top of the labor costs, you have to add on the replacement parts required for the job. If your vehicle has a V style or boxer engine you’ve got the 2 head gaskets to replace. On top of the head gasket you’ve also got all the other miscellaneous gaskets that will need to be replaced. Anytime you remove certain components you should replace the gaskets to make sure you don’t have a leak when you put it back together. Things like intake manifold gaskets, throttle body gaskets, and valve cover gaskets can be included in this.
If you have an engine with a timing belt, then you will have to remove that to remove the head and replace the head gasket so it should be replaced when you put things back together as well. Similarly, most engines that blow head gaskets have high mileage so it is wise to replace a few other things while you have the engine disassembled so far. Things like water pumps, camshaft seals, spark plugs and wires can be easily replaced during a head gasket replacement without adding much labor time.
The last big cost of a head gasket replacement is an inspection and possible machine work on your heads. If you have a small head gasket leak and replace the gasket right away, you often times won’t need to do any head work, but many times the head can be damaged when the head gasket blows. You can take the risk of putting your engine back together without checking the condition of your head, but it may result in another leak soon after the repair. You should have your head checked for flatness, surface condition and for cracks. These checks aren’t something you can do in your garage with simple tools so it’s best to send it out to a machine shop. These types of checks and the subsequent repairs can also add up very quickly, and finding a reputable shop is getting more and more difficult.
Once you add up all of these cost, it makes sense why so many vehicles end up at the junk yard simply because of a blown head gasket. Luckily your vehicle doesn’t have to suffer the same fate. BlueDevil has created a Pour-N-Go Head Gasket Sealer that is simple to use, even if you’ve never looked under your hood. BlueDevil Pour-N-Go is a chemical based sealer that has no particulates that can clog or harm your cooling system. It is activated by the temperature difference at the leak point in your head gasket and will form a permanent bond sealing your leak without the parts or labor costs.
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