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Old 08-22-2002, 16:25   #1 (permalink)
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EB I6 head gasket repair - how much?

I noticed recently that I seem to be loosing/using some coolant in the old girl. I checked the oil and the water and they both seem OK. There appeared to be a leak of coolant (could just be oil, a bit hard to tell) from between the head and the block on the exhaust side. So I took the car to the mechanic and asked him to please check and repair. Anyone got a rough price on what this should cost (drive in, drive out)? I've been without my car for 5 days now(well 4 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes - not that I'm counting...) and I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms!
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Falchoon,

This happened to my EF, for getting a replacement head gasket, they have to machine your cylinder head (it's definitly better to) new head bolts come on and they have a kit called a VRS (Valve Regrind Kit) which includes all necessary gaskets for intake manifold, thermostat, head gasket etc.

All this would set you have around $1000 depending on the mechanic and what else they find wrong in the process.

Hope your car comes out all ok mate. I was the same as you when i was without my car for 5 days due to the repair.
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Thanks mate. $1000 you reckon, ouch
Looks like I'll be on the pushie for a while longer then.
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Thanks mate. $1000 you reckon, ouch
Looks like I'll be on the pushie for a while longer then.
I just remembered they charged me $1600 all up, but that included new lifters which were like $500 odd and a new radiator costing $230.

So i reckon it's more like $800ish as opposed to $1000. Once again it depends on what they find else wrong while they have the engine apart.
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bloody hell that's expensive!! you can by a low KMS Au motor for around $1300! If the head goes on my ea that's what I'll be doing for sure!
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Even allowing for having to get the head shaved/surfaced there's no way it should take more than 2 working days - even including doing up the head itself (guide seals, valve/seat facing) - they must be waiting for bits?
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Mate if you were in WA I'd be more than happy to provide my services for free, all id charge is for Lunch & drinks
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Mate if you were in WA I'd be more than happy to provide my services for free, all id charge is for Lunch & drinks
Thanks for the offer mate, going from previous experiences with mates doing jobs the food and drink bill usually ends up exceeding what it would of cost for a workshop to do it!

I told the workshop that I wasn't in a hurry for the car (mistake?) so I'm not really surprised that it's taking this long. They said they were pretty busy and they'll try to fit it in inbetween jobs. I'll ring them just before I leave work and see how things are going. I just hope they do a good job, I hate it when you pay good money to someone and they do a sh*t job.
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I actually figured it must have been something like that - it can be advantageous to do it like that because hopefully it'll mean they'll work on your car when things are relatively quiet so won't be rushing it and therfore will be (hopefully) doing good work.
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Mate this might sound silly, but try your local ford dealer.
Mine quoted me $700, with the gasket kit your talking about, in & out in one day.
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