Head gasket on 2005 GMC Yukon

I called one of the listed shops and asked for an estimate on replacement of a head gasket. they told me they don't replace the head gasket but would only replace the ENTIRE ENGINE because something caused it to fail and it would be better if the whole thing was replaced. Is there ANY validity to that?

by in New Orleans, LA on July 12, 2010
Get Your Car Fixed at a RepairPal Certified Shop.
We certify shops based on expertise, quality work, and verified customer reviews
1 answer 1 comment
ANSWER by , July 12, 2010
I would take it somewhere else. There is no reason just a head gasket cannot be replaced. At worst the head could be warped but a warped head can often be machined. If not it can be replaced.
COMMENT by , July 16, 2010
Well, apparently the person who owned the truck before me NEVER changed the oil. After taking it in and getting it looked at by one of the most reputable mechanic shops in my area the head was cracked and spun out a bearing. He said I was lucky to make it home from my 1000 mile journey. Whoopie, 6k later and I have a new engine.