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I recently blew a head gasket and I need to know should I have the head checked for warps event though it was not a bad blown gasket? I took the head off with a friend but I could not get to the tesnioner to loosen up so that I could put the belt back on. I went to a dealership and they told me it would be $865.00 to put to on but also said that it would cost an extra $300.00 to get the head put in a machine and checked for warps and in the event it was warped it would be heated up in like a oven and smoothed out and in the event it was not warped it still would cost $300.00 What are your thoughts on this?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Keiati, Dealership tend to be high in most cases because you pay for a premium service. Any machine shop you have inspect for warpage there will be a cost either way because of the labor involved to determine if the head is salvagable. I recommend you take your head to a machine shop independently for an inspection first.

Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Hey Keiati, A head gasket job is a big one, and a lot of work went into the repair. Well done!! Absolutely, have the heads checked before you reinstall them. Although it would be good practice, it would be a shame to go through all of your time and labor to find out, you have to do it again. To me, better safe than sorry. Mechanically yours, Audra

Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service Kaiati, I asked out Techical director about this one. He thinks that the head should be checked to make sure it is true. "It should also be pressure tested to make sure it has no cracks. If the head is not straight typically it can be resurfaced to make it true again. A thicker headgasket may be required depending on how much material needs to be removed. I would not just put it back together without having a machine shop check the head. $300 seems high to me. " Hope this helps! good luck

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