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Fiat Punto Head Gasket

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Kroegen, 14 Aug 2006.

  1. Kroegen

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    Right,

    The cars head gaket has gone, and a mechanic looked over it to give an estimate. He asking £450 to get it fixed. A fiat punto 75 sx.

    Is that reasonable? Also would i be able to fix it myself?
     
  2. Third Opinion

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    He's taking the P!ss
     
  3. JRS

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    Changing it is fairly simple - reskimming the head if it's been warped and needs doing is the more complicated bit, and garages loooooove to charge for it.

    For £450, I'd go get another engine out of a scrapped example to be honest....
     
  4. agw_01

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    £300-£350 is about the going rate.

    Take a Rover into a garage and you'll get quotes of £500+

    If you're reasonably mechanically minded, you'll be able to have the job done in a day. A new head gasket costs around £25.
     
  5. DRZ

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    Depends on a few factors. How bad is it? If the head is warped, can it be rectified easily? If its badly warped, you wont really be able to do it yourself. If its not warped at all, its a job you could do if you are handy with tools etc and can follow instructions.
     
  6. JRS

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    If all that needs doing is the gasket, then I'll second agw's post and say do it yourself. If you've properly cooked it (unlikely), then there are cheaper places to get it repaired than the mechanic you got to look at it I would think.
     
  7. Kroegen

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    If i want to do it myself, but where do i find out how to?
     
  8. agw_01

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    Haynes manual is your best bet.

    I mean, you never know when you'll need it in the future. Working on your own car will save you a fortune, and can actually be very enjoyable.
     
  9. Defcon5

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    when mine went it was 300 quid.


    out of interest is it a mkII? and done about 50 - 60000 miles?
     
  10. Zip

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    Note: "can" be very enjoyable.

    As Soon as you slip and punch something it not very enjoyable after that :p


    But still do it your self because it will be cheaper and you will learn something :)
     
  11. Kroegen

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    Nah, its a 1997 mkI done 66,000miles :p
     
  12. Avalon

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    Had the same on the Meganne, 1998 with 95k on it, local renault inde wanted close to 500 for belts/head/water pump.

    I roped in her step dad and it was amazingly simple (it's an 8v, 16 is apparently more of a PITA), head was fine when whe checked it and didn't need skimming. Including oil, filters, new water pump, full belt change, gearabox oil, disc's/pads, exhaust manifold from the scrappy and a new CV joint (and a very large bottle of whiskey to say thanks) it came in at about half the garage rate.

    Haynes manuals are worth their weight in gold as are father in law's!
     
  13. agw_01

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    Good stuff Avalon :)

    I think the only difference between 8 and 16v engines, is that you have an extra cam to time up.

    Apart from that, taking the head off will be pretty much the same.
     
  14. D4VE

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    Previous owner of my car paid £670 for my Rover turbo engine HG to be done. Included a skim.
     
  15. Oakesy2001uk

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    Im pretty mechanicly minded but not exceptopnally, and I just did the cambelt, head gasket water pump and thermostat on mt Corsa, (the HG was gone and water pmp growling, did the belt whilst I was at it)!

    It took me about 4 hours, with lots of brews! cost me £82 for the lot.
     
  16. Saytan

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    i'm a complete cack-hander and managed to change a few cooling hoses on my rover with no permanent injury. tackling cambelt and water pump soon. being methodical ands reading the right bit of the book of lies a few times before you start is the key
     
  17. Oakesy2001uk

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    certainly is! Just make sure you get the timing right!
    my car was only £150 so If I break it I'll find annother shed!
    I rarely use it anyway, use the bike unless its tipping it down!