How much should it cost to replace a blown head gasket?

I just had the head gasket for a 2002 Montana replaced at the dealer and it cost $1700 ( Parts were only $400).

I am beginning to confront a head gasket issue myself for my 93 Taurus. Spoke with my mechanic (whom I trust) today and got the impression that it is a same-day fix but I can tell you that he said it will cost $1,000 for the surgery - BEFORE THE GASKET BLOWS - so after has got to cost more. Also, search through the list of questions which includes one about the necessity of replacing the engine = costs more.

You can also search for "head gasket failure" and your car's make to see how other folks have faired. Good Luck!


if you do it your self, not over $200 , gasket kit at the dealer + check your head for cracks and warp at a head place + your tme$$$


Depends on the type of engine. Some gaskets are near the exterior and can be replaced for cheap. Others require the entire engine removed and therefore get labor intensive.

The cost of replacing a part is a very general question that unless specified exactly is hard to answer. First, is who is replacing the part? Is the Dealer, an independent repair shop, a junkyard, the guy next door or you doing the replacement. These will all yield different prices. Not to mention that within all of these will be different labor rates and different part price mark ups. Second, what is the quality of the part? Is it a name brand, generic (white box, economy), OEM or used part? All of these will be different. Price will even differ between name brands, sometimes significantly. Thirdly, What is the warranty of the part and who is offering the warranty (the shop the parts house or the manufacturer). Limited Lifetime will have restrictions. Lifetime warranty isn?t always the best part either. Fourthly, Each vehicle can have different options that will affect how long it takes to change a part or make it call for a different part. Such as heavy duty cooling system, air conditioning, 4x4?s may have a steel plate that may need removal, Automatic or manual transmission, the list goes on. Fifthly, What additional parts will be required? Long life coolant or standard coolant, R12 or R134a air conditioning freon if it needs to be discharged or replaced? Additional adapters other fluids that may need to be added or changed? All of this will affect price. Sixthly, is the car a new car or an older car? Labor manuals or guides are set up based on a new car. Additional time may be required due to seized or rusted bolts, additional aftermarket accessories that were installed etc. So you can see where there is a great potential for variances. I offer this insight: If you take it to an independent garage like I always recommend, consider how long they have been in business. What is the quality of there work, are they honest? (see the FAQ how do you choose an auto repair shop for additional insights).
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