Head Gasket Repair Cost

Head Gasket Repair CostHead 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.

BlueDevil Pour-N-Go Head Gasket Sealer

For more information about BlueDevil Pour-N-Go, check out our product information page here: Pour N Go Head Gasket Sealer

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10 responses to “Head Gasket Repair Cost

  1. My 2009 Chrysler 300 has a small crack in the coolant air bleeder. Can I use one of your products to fix this? The car doesn’t overheat or anything. I had a dashboard light come on and took it to an auto shop and they showed me it. Thank you!

  2. hello guys.. i have a bmw x3 wich has a blow head gasket.. is actually sucking all the water into the cilynder i think.. oul looks like mayo. well has been seating there for a while now… i was wondering if i can use some blue devil products to keep it going? please…

    1. Carlos,

      It sounds like you’ve got a pretty bad head gasket leak. In order for BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer to work your vehicle has to be able to idle without overheating for 50 minutes. If you can get your car to do that then BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer should seal your leak. We would recommend changing your oil first to make sure you don’t damage your bearings. if you can’t get your car to idle that long your leak may be too big for BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer to stop.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

    1. Joe-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer is compatible with your Mazda B3000. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!


  3. I have a Nissan Atilma 2000 and white smoke is coming out of the pipe I was told that the head gasket blow, so can o use this product

    1. Wanda-

      Thank you for asking about your Nissan Altima. As long as the vehicle can idle for 50 minutes, without overheating or stalling out, and you are not losing more than about a quart of water/coolant in that 50 minutes, then you would be a great candidate for the Head Gasket Sealer. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!


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