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Headgasket!

How much would it cost to replace a headgasket?


Priceing from a shop and do-your-self.
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do it yourself would be alot cheaper if you know what your doing the gasket cost like 40 or 50 dollars
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I don't know what I am doing but can anyone if Florida lend a helping hand?

I am selling the truck in a few so I need this fixed as soon as possible, I will give 50 for working and pay for the gasket!
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That sucks....i wonder if this can be done with the engine in the truck? Which headgasket?
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A head gasket is quite a bit of work. Not as much work on your truck as it would be on my truck but it involves tearing down half of the engine. Are you sure that's what it needs?
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Is it one head or both? Gotta get the head checked for cracks and possibly milled at a machine shop. New bolts obviously and any other wear and tear items while the engine is semi-torn down.
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It's the drivers side, at least I am pretty sure... that is where all the oil has spilled (all over tierods, control arms, ABS lines etc etc)

I am having it re-checked soon to make sure it's the side I think it is and see how the other side is doing.
I know it's a lot of work, A LOT.
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is water geting in the oil it may not be a head gasket may just be a valve cover gasket
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^^^exactly!!! Judging by what you just typed Katie, i vote valve cover gasket. Is it running normal? If it's the head gasket, it won't run normal.
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yeah and it should probably have white smoke coming out the exhaust.
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How's your oil? is it milky looking?
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no white smoke, runs rough occasionally, and some sort of milky film in the resivoir is what was described to me. she went to autozone/advanced and had someone look at it and they mentioned head gasket. Also had a pretty decent decline in gas mileage as well lately. I cant help much as im 2 hours away, so thats only going by what she has told me.
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put the gasket on and call it a day if your goingto sell it dont wory about the head work or head bolt just talk them an extra 20 ft pounds and sell it that what i do when i buy cars with head gaskets and sell them for more money then i buy them
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I am doing a trade with someone, not selling it. Straight trade... my truck for his Mustang.

I was going to get it fixed and never mention anything, but I don't know.

My oil is low but normal.
Coolant is milky on top
It's runs like crap, straight crap.
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I am doing a trade with someone, not selling it. Straight trade... my truck for his Mustang.
Why?
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I sure wouldn't run it much, is it blowing smoke? You risk the chance of hydolocking it as well, then you're really screwed.
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Because I don't need a truck right now. I can't afford to keep fixing it, so bascilly I can't afford to keep going off roading.
I also would like to be getting better MPG and be able to go the speed limit. Ha.


No smoke (yet). I am not driving it until I get it checked out.
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I wouldnt drive it in fear of overheating that engine then costing you more work and money, but hey its your truck.

If it looks like a chocolate milkshake then its a head gasket.

It takes alot of beating to need a new head gasket on a 3.0 sounds like you ran that engine rough.
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Doubt you'll get much better mileage than the truck, not enough to offset the added insurance increase atleast. Also i wouldn't expect for it to be 'free from problems' either...Think of the guy you are about to trade with, if this happened two weeks from now, he'd be feeling pretty stupid...hate to be on the other end of the stick with another issue with another car. And i sure hope this mustang isn't owned by a teen guy or anything....lord knows that its been through! Actually i know too, i bought a modded 87 5.0 when I was 16, poor poor car got ragged on, bad!

Good luck with the head gasket issue. Body lift is going to make it more of a pain and maybe cost more to get it done as well

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A Mustang You Will Need Tiers All The Time For Doing Burn Outs And You Will Need Gas They Get Crapy Gas Mialage I Got A Mustang If It A/t Ull Probly Blow That Up Good Luck And Insurance Ha That A Joke I Cant Aford It For That Car
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Couple questions. Are you losing coolant and have you noticed your temp gauge going up? If not I would say it is your valve cover gasket.
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Because I don't need a truck right now. I can't afford to keep fixing it, so bascilly I can't afford to keep going off roading.
I also would like to be getting better MPG and be able to go the speed limit. Ha.


No smoke (yet). I am not driving it until I get it checked out.
I just had my headgaskets and heads replaced late last year. The normal price I kept getting was between 1500-2000. BTW, My truck gets 25 miles per gallon. I'll put those numbers against a Mustang anytime.
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BTW, My truck gets 25 miles per gallon. I'll put those numbers against a Mustang anytime.
yea, but do you have a body lift, with 33s, steel wheels, and over 130k miles on your truck?
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Had 176,000 miles on it. Besides, how much more mileage can a Mustang get?
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