So you have blown a head gasket. It’s never a good thing; but it is manageable.

The good news: You can fix it. You have options.

First things, first. What’s a head gasket?


How much should it cost to repair a blown head gasket?


Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket

Blown Head Gasket? Things to know

Blown Head Gasket Test (GM 3.8L)

Replacing the Head Gasket on the Chrysler 2.0 Liter Engine


To replace a head gasket it is obviously different by car and make and model, but a good formula to go by is about three to four times the cost of the parts.

On average a head gasket replacement will take 7 to 9 hours labor plus parts.

The average cost of parts to do this job is around 3 to 4 hundred dollars so expect to pay around $1200 to $1600 on the job.

Or you can get a new engine like this 5.7L 350 Vortec for $1500 w/ a 3yr warranty.

Gm 350


A Head gasket is type of sealing device, used to seal the top portion of all engine cylinders. It performs the important task of maintaining the internal cylinder pressure, when operating the engine. The head gasket usually serves for a long time, however, using it for too long, without any maintenance or inherent structural issues can result in damage. In such a case, you will have no option, other than repairing it or getting it replaced, as it directly impacts engine performance. Now, the most important thing is that, repairing something definitely costs you some amount. If you ask how much does it cost to repair a head gasket, to an experienced vehicle owner, you will find his eyebrows raised. It’s not cheap; and they will tell you all about it. Head gasket repair involves a very intricate check-up of your engine as well as knowing what kind of repair needs to be done. The check-up itself is already costly since there are a lot of things to inspect in order to find out the real cause of the problem.

Head Gasket Replacement

The first likely option for Head Gasket Repair is to replace the Head Gasket itself. It is a process that can only be done in a car repair shop to avoid any unlikely accidents. Because of this, you can expect to pay more for a Head Gasket replacement as a way to repair a faulty head gasket. The replacement is very easy to begin with: the engine is cooled down, the blown gasket taken out and is then replaced by a new gasket. However, even if the process of replacement is simple, it can cost a lot of money to have a new Head Gasket for this Head Gasket Repair method to be replaced.


Why is it so expensive?

The basic reason why the cost for head gasket repair is high is because of the location of the head gasket. This is usually situated properly in the engine of your vehicle, thus trying to reach for the head gasket is primarily a tough task. This will include going through different parts of the vehicle which will require cautious handling since its location is in between the cylinder head and the engine block. While the engine block has pistons, the cylinder head is attached to the engine of the vehicle and filled with valves that regulate the fuel and air of the vehicle. When the head gasket repair is done, the mechanic has to go through the procedure in a reverse manner which could be a daunting task.

What are my alternatives?

There are a few alternatives:

1.Go for the temporary fix. If you're stuck in the middle of nowhere (e.g. African Desert), you can find a way to keep your car running long enough to get back. The same holds true for your daily driver - just be ready for the repercussions.

2. Replace the head gasket. Bite the bullet and pay someone to replace it. Just make sure that your engine wasn't damaged. Otherwise, you might be putting a band-aid on a much larger problem.

3. Replace the engine with  (wait for it .....) a factory remanufactured one from

    ...You had to know that this was coming...engines are our business :-) .

   For little more than the cost of a head gasket repair, you get a factory fresh remanufactured engine with a 3 year 100,000 mile or 3 year unilimited mile warranty.

factory tourYour mechanic simply swaps the new one in for the old, and you are the road in a matter of days. But instead of wondering if the head gasket repair was enough, you have the confidence and peace of mind associated with an engine that was built with the latest technology by a team that has built over 2,000,000 of them before yours.