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how much does it usualy cost for a head gasket fix?

how much does it usually run at a dealer/shop to get a head gasket repaired?
just looking to get some personal experience and costs..
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should be no more than $350 or so. and thats a little on the steep side.

couple hour job. it shouldn't take more than 4, really.. if the guy knows what he's doing.


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seriously? thats pretty sweet then.. that means i can more than likely get back on the road this week
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Depends on why the gasket failed though. It's often because of a warped head, which might need milling flat. Your mech should check that as a matter of course.

The upside is if the warping is slight enough to allow machining you get a boost to the compression ratio.

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Depends on why the gasket failed though. It's often because of a warped head, which might need milling flat. Your mech should check that as a matter of course.

The upside is if the warping is slight enough to allow machining you get a boost to the compression ratio.

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Or just get a thinner head gasket

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Depends on why the gasket failed though. It's often because of a warped head, which might need milling flat. Your mech should check that as a matter of course.

The upside is if the warping is slight enough to allow machining you get a boost to the compression ratio.

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It's usually the reverse. The head warps from the gasket blowing and not letting coolant pass through it.


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It's usually the reverse. The head warps from the gasket blowing and not letting coolant pass through it.
yea..
one problem was a faulty thermo switch
so im guessing it was either bad thermostat or a water pump.

bike only has 20k on it.

im sure ill find out by wednesday or thursday.. hoepfully...
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It's usually the reverse. The head warps from the gasket blowing and not letting coolant pass through it.
Argueable. Blown gasket or other cause of localised heating warps the head or the localised heating warps the head which blows the gasket - never sure which happens first, but the other common cause is amateur mechanics not tightening the head down properly - especially not sequencing the bolts.

All that really maters is that the head's checked before it's rebuilt.

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Question of my own -

Are you referring to this one

1.


or this one

2.


Because the first one on mine busted a while back I think from over filling the oil level with rotella, and oil level is getting low really fast now and since last week it feels like the engine isnt cooling itself properly anymore, so I was going to change it tonight.

I think you're talking about the 2nd one, and the 1st one looks easy enough, but just in case you guys are talking about the 1st, should I let a mechanic do this? Man...I inhaled too many fumes today
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head gasket is #2. valve cover gasket is #1

if you can't change the VC gasket yourself you probably shouldn't own tools.
the head gasket is a little different.. requires more detailed work and should be done by a competent tech so as to not put valves into pistons


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