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Old 06-06-2006, 09:13 AM   #26
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Default Re: How much does it cost to repair a blown head gasket? (nota-eg)

It's not very hard at all. Just make sure everything is at TDC before you go putting the timing belt on.

Pull the valve cover off.
Set TDC, and pull timing belt off cam gear (you will need to loosen belt to do this)
Unbolt intake mani and exhast mani/header
unbolt distributor
drain coolant and remove radiator hoses
make sure everything is unbolted/unplugged from head
take out headbolts from the inside moving out
Pull off the head, check for any signs of warping on both head and block. Replace gasket
If head is warped, you'll need to get it milled.
Clean up head and block, bolt it back together using the torque wrench. Inside moving out, 14lb, 26lb, and finish with 46lb.
Put hoses back on, bolt on intake and exhast mani, bolt on distributor, bolt on valve cover, replug everything, fill coolant back up.
Make sure everything is still at TDC, put on and tighten timing belt.
Recheck everything. Timing will probaby be off, so it will need to be fixed but the car will still be perfectly drivable.

It's really just a matter of pulling everything off the head, removing the head, replacing the head, and putting everything back on.

Just did it recently, took me the good part of a morning. Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 06-06-2006, 11:43 AM   #27
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I think I took mine off so I could pull the head completely out of the bay without having to disconnect all of the lines on the IM.
Click the image to open in full size. I think that's much easier
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Good lord $1000 to change a head gasket!?! Click the image to open in full size.

Costs me $22. (I get a deep discount on parts).

I would be broke if I had to pay that much for each head gasket change. In the last year I've taken the head off 6 times for various reasons. Good thing it only takes me a few hours now.

Which reminds me, I have to change heads on two cars this weekend. That should fun.
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take out headbolts from the inside moving out
Tightening is inside out, loosening is outside in. Loosening isn't as crucial though, as long as they're taken out evenly and in steps.

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Clean up head and block, bolt it back together using the torque wrench. Inside moving out, 14lb, 26lb, and finish with 46lb.
The torque steps depend on the engine. Mine had to be torqued to 53 ft/lbs with OEM bolts, 60 ft/lbs with ARP's.

Besides those two things, just follow his steps and you'll be fine.
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I just did it on my 92 civic it was not to hard took two days
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i charged a friend $1000 for a head gasket change
but he also got mini me in end.
a z6 head fresh 3 angle valve job new ex valves light p&p and surfaced
i had little over $500 in the head plus my time
new timing belt
arp head studs
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i made him buy new head gasket and water pump, oil ect....
he gave me car at 4 pm and i went to pick him up from work next night at 9 pm with work done and running great
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total of how many hrs?


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