cylinder head gasket

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by roy, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. roy

    roy Guest

    Got a 1.7 l DTI (Diesel) engine in my Astra estate. Been a great car, still
    working fine, but have been told there's a "bit of oil in the coolant", and
    that the gasket will need replacing. The dealership has costed this at
    around £1000, saying that it involves a very major job, and replacement of
    pumps etc........ as well as the gasket. Is this a bit over the top? Should
    I get a "little man down the road" to do it........or do I just part
    exchange for a new one at a different garage before it totally goes? I am
    not detecting any difference in performance, or smokey exhaust.
    roy, Feb 27, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    Get it done now if you want to keep the car for a few more years. now means
    that there will not be any need to have the head skimmed. Might as well dp
    the cambelt at the same time, as its a parts only cost.
    IMHO a grand is a serious rip off price tho.

    Mike, Feb 27, 2006
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    roy Guest

    So do you think a "NON-vauxhall" small garage can do the job, without any
    problems concerning specialist knowledge or anything? - In other words, is
    it a more straightforward job than they are saying at the vauxhall garage?
    roy, Feb 27, 2006
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    airsmoothed Guest

    That does sound a bit steep; I had my 2 litre Omega head gasket changed
    by a Vx dealer, just about got change from 500 quid. Seems relatively
    reasonable in comparison....
    airsmoothed, Feb 27, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    If its the isuzu engine, then I did our vectras on our front street in @ 4
    hours. And thats with a lot of buggering about that the average home
    mechanic does (finding tools, chatting to neighbours etc). If you want to do
    a proper job then you will need head gasket, exhaust gasket (leave the inlet
    on) rocker gasket. best add a cambelt kit while its off unless its a recent
    change, anitfreeze, and a new set of head bolts as they are the stretching
    use-once-kind. (bloody silly idea , IMHO). Probably looking around 100-120
    for that lot (but thats just aguess) and @ 250ish labour at a small garage.
    ring round for the parts prices first, then ask a garage what they will
    charge, some small places might charge trade cost and make money on labour.
    your choice, but if you delay much and it starts a serious blow then you
    need to have the head skimmed probably. thats when costs start going up.


    BTW, anyone think of any parts I forgot?
    Mike, Feb 28, 2006
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    Paul Guest

    What a rip-off, name and shame this dealer now
    Paul, Mar 11, 2006
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