While prices vary by location as well as the make and model of the vehicle, the 2014 national average cost to replace a head gasket is between $1,139 and $1,462, according to Repair Pal. Parts for the repair are relatively inexpensive at $55 to $93; however, the job involves a great deal of labor.Know More
As a part of the repair, mechanics generally inspect the entire cooling system. Failure to do so often leads to a recurring problem. The mechanic also inspects the cylinder heads and machines them if necessary. Once inside the engine, they often find additional, yet necessary repairs that add several hundred dollars to the cost of repair.
Head gaskets often fail when engines are overheated. A lack of coolant due to a leak or broken hose often leads to the initial problem. Head gasket failure also occurs due to high mileage and aging of the vehicle. When the gasket fails, the vehicle often runs rough when started, especially on the first start of the day. As the engine expels moisture from the cylinder, the idle tends to smooth. Coolant leaking into the oil gives it an appearance like chocolate milk, and the dipstick sometimes shows an abnormally high level of oil. The car often produces a white smoke from the tailpipe with a sweet antifreeze smell.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
Depending on the make, model and year of the vehicle, the camshaft position sensor is located in various places. It can be found in the distributor, on or behind the timing cover, directly on the engine block (GM 3.1/3.4 liter engines) or behind the crankshaft pulley.Full Answer >
The average capacity of a vehicle's gas tank is typically listed on the owner's manual of that specific make and model. However, in most cases, the listed number is an estimate and tends to vary from the actual capacity of the fuel tank.Full Answer >
Although the time frame for painting a car may vary based on the model, on average it takes two to three days from drop off to pick up for a vehicle to be prepped, painted and dried.Full Answer >
Changing a modern headlight is a simple vehicle maintenance project that requires basic tools and a new headlight bulb that is compatible with the vehicle make and model. The cover of the headlight is removed, the old bulb unplugged, and the new bulb plugged into place before the cover is replaced. Having a vehicle manual nearby ensures an understanding of where all of the components are positioned for easy access.Full Answer >