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How much to fix a blown head gasket?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by matthew_o50, 18 Feb 2006.

  1. matthew_o50

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Jan 2003

    Posts: 3,202

    Location: Belfast

    My brother was driving home from work this morning after the night shift and his head gasket blew. We haven't seen a mechanic yet because it's a saturday so does anyone have any idea how much this will cost to repair? The car is a 1999 Hyundai Atoz+ 1.0ltr and has done 65k miles. This is the first problem he's ever had with it.
     
  2. moss

    Soldato

    Joined: 1 Nov 2002

    Posts: 6,487

    Location: South Shields

    I'd budget anywhere between £150-£300 for both parts and labour, probably twice that from a dealership.
     
  3. Morba

    Caporegime

    Joined: 7 Mar 2003

    Posts: 28,189

    Location: Krispy Kreme drive thru

    depends really, providing its just a change and a skim then your prolly looking at £300 or so (as mentioned, dealers will rape you for 500 or more no doubt!).
    If it needs a new head then your looking at silly prices unless you know of a spare head lying around :/

    how do i know this?
    wifes car is in having hers done (inc 2nd hand head) :/
     
  4. cymatty

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Location: South Yorkshire

    Its not a rover is it. :p
     
  5. Morba

    Caporegime

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    no its not that bad, its a punto :<
     
  6. Fallen Hero

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Nov 2002

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    Oh I shouldn't really laugh. Been thinking about buying one :D
     
  7. Dinomania

    Mobster

    Joined: 21 Apr 2003

    Posts: 4,328

    Puntos are a bit notorious for this! Morba, has your wife's rear silencer fallen off yet?

    I paid £260 with all new belts and bolts, but that was from a friend of a friend and a huge favour. I'd say most places will probably quote you about £400.
     
  8. matthew_o50

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Jan 2003

    Posts: 3,202

    Location: Belfast

    My brother's just gotten out of bed after the nightshift and said that he was on the motorway doing about 60 and the guy behind him started to flash his lights so he pulled in to the left lane to take the exit home and all he could see was blue smoke everywhere. There was no change in the engine or any unusual sounds. Also no lights came on on the dashboard. Luckily the exit of the motorway takes you to the bottom of our street so he only had a few hundred yards to go with the car like this. When he stopped he checked the dip stick and it had this yellowish gunk on it. Is this what usually happens when the head gasket blows? Dad thinks that's what happened but he doesn't know too much about the mechanics of cars. If it's not the head gasket what else would cause the blue smoke?
     
  9. Morba

    Caporegime

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    not in our ownership, however it did have a new exhaust a few months before she bought it :p