How much time does it take to change head gasket in 02 dodge neon on 2002 Dodge Neon

Just need to know how much time it will take me to change it

by in Sullivan, MO on December 06, 2012
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ANSWER by on December 06, 2012
Don't know your ability level or tool access. Here's a procedure for it, read it and determine for yourself if you want to tackle it. Probably several hours: http://www.ehow.com/how_7961289_replace-head-gasket-dodge-neon.html
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COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
You think you can do it in several hours? SERIOUS? Maybe your definition of "several" is like what? twelve or more? I doubt you could do it in a 24 hour span even if you needed the head "cleaned".
ANSWER by on December 06, 2012
For who? You? a backyard mechanic? or a auto repair shop with access to a machine shop? or new/rebuilt heads ready to install? It could take one day to several days...weeks even.
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
He is asking for head gasket assistance. Not a lecture on the possibility of replacing the heads too. Answer his question...with a question? Gee that's helpful! The hope here is that the heads can be cleaned and returned to service not replaced.
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
you go bak30 always a smart ass in the group
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
Yes, he goes back 30, He is a "backyard mechanic" check his profile.
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
And your responses REALLY come off as helpful and professional!!
COMMENT by on December 09, 2012
Thank you, and your answers are amateurish and essentially useless! We all know you are LYING about doing a head gasket job in SIX and a HALF hours.(Unless you use some mystery fluid we don't know) I already called your bluff! What you interpet in a flat rate guide is NOT what you tell a customer how long it takes! I KNOW you love to communicate with your customers why it is taking so much longer. Oh never mind...continue doing what you are doing...you're doing GREAT!...just ask your old lady.
COMMENT by on December 10, 2012
Several hours simply means "start at 7 and expect 7 or more hours of actual work". My defintiion of backyard mechanic: I no longer work as a mechanic but, If I know you, bring your vechicle over to my heated pole barn in the "backyard". I will throw it on the lift bust out all my old tools and get to work! Lol! Enjoy the holidays. bak 30 means : Last name csuBAK and I was still in my 30's as of age when I started on this website.
ANSWER by on December 07, 2012
its a 6 hr job for a mech so for you poss 10hrs
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COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
You can do it in SIX hours? You GUARANTEE that? Okay, let someone know they can pick it up before you close your shop if they drop it off first thing in the morning. Or maybe you don't have a mech.
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
PARDON ME. WHAT DO U REALLY KNOW ABOUT ME.THE BOOK CALLS FOR SIX HRS AND THATS WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO CHARGE IN HRS. SORRY YOU GOT HURT FEELINGS ABOUT OVER A QUESTIONED I ANSWERED CORRECTLY. MERRY XMAS
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
Pardon yourself, I know you did not comprehend the question...you think you answered correctly? You did not even READ the question! Mmckellips asked how long it would take, NOT how much to charge! So...you LIE to your customers and tell them "it only takes six hours"? Then find some lame excuses BEFORE or AFTER they realize it won't be ready today or tomorrow even? Get yourself some glasses for Christmas Mr. Helper.
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
READ MY ANSWER I SAID 6HR JOB THAT WOULD TAKE HIM APPROX 10HRS.I SAID NOTHING ABOUT HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST HIM.GOOD BYE
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
Pardon yourself...again...maybe you don't even comprehend YOUR own answers..."THE BOOK CALLS FOR SIX HRS AND THATS WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO CHARGE IN HRS." is what you quoted in your reply. Heck, I bet even YOU or YOUR MECH could not do it in the 10 hours you are promising.
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
wow really dude you want to argue about me trying to answr someones question. i refuse to argue with an unarmed person
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
Then DON'T argue with one...especially if you are wrong...and making hollow threats like this on a public website.
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
but i am and and its very apparent.good day
COMMENT by on December 07, 2012
I wonder if 'your.mechanic' is for real? After reading all the bickering it's funny!!! I just did a head gasket on a PT cruiser which isn't much different (oh and I did it in her garage , not backyard) and it only took 6&1/2 hours , including new water pump , seals and t-belt w/tensioner. Didn't need machine shop cause it was external oil leak issue , not overheating problem. Add 1 hour for the 50 mile test 'cruise' I did. BUT That's only because I'm familiar with that engine (and her car- been maintaining it for about 7 years now) SO yes with the proper tools and info , not including down-time for machine shop , 10 hours is probably about right for a novice with good tools and the ability to follow instructions. Gotta admit .......your.mechanics' arrogance is very entertaining I love that 'profile'!!!!!!!!!..............never mind ........gotta go rotate the air in my head!!! wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........green jelly..............................
COMMENT by on December 08, 2012
I AGREE WITH NEVER MIND! I LIKE GREEN JELLY TOO. Knew this was coming! Arrogance, that is being kind!
COMMENT by on December 08, 2012
I don't know what is up with you guys, do you guys REALLY tell your own customers it only takes 6.5-7 hours? and make up excuses later when it actually takes longer? or are you HYPOCRITES and tell your own customers it really takes a couple of days or so? And about being arrogant, it's hard to hold back when I am correcting your wrong answers. If you decide on being antagonistic, at least get your facts right before picking on a little guy.
COMMENT by on December 08, 2012
Give up while your ahead , no wait , then I might not have as much to laugh at. YOU say you are a certified something........Well uhm the flat-rate labor times are for estimating purposes and are based on AVERAGES. Uhm that means some of us get the job done quicker and some of us slower ......uhm ...average....If you were familiar with the neon then you'd know , with the right tools , getting the mounts , crank pulley and t-belt off is maybe 45 minutes (on a lift , not in a driveway). It's cleaning and putting things back together that takes most of the time , and that's where the difference in quality of work shows up--a year or two later , sometimes. But yeah dude........stop sniffing tailpipes......go home rover...........
COMMENT by on December 08, 2012
We all can go on and on...but the point is this persons question is "How much time does it take to change head gasket on a 02 Dodge Neon". He did not ask HOW FAST? or HOW MUCH?! I gave him the FACTS, it WILL be one day IF the rebuilt/new head is in hand. I will not AGGRAVATE the customer LIKE YOU GUYS by saying it's only several hours...then while doing the job you tell them it will take another day to get the head back from the machine shop! Oh...Never mind...I know you guys enjoy bragging to your customers how fast you can do a job AND how you can beat the book. THEN you like to continue updating them with every additional delay and expense you "forgot". .....Yeah duds, continue with that green stuff....and good luck...you'll need it.
COMMENT by on December 08, 2012
whrn i quote a job of this nature i tell my cust it will cost approx approx 1000.00 to replace head gasket and will take 3 to 5 days to complete the job if there is no machine work required. this guy ask how long it would take for him to do the job. you know my answer but i don't know if he is going to work on it 1 hr per day for 10 days or is he going to do it all in one day.i just told him the answer to what he asked. i don't believe anyone was yell him lies. so lets all move on. good night
COMMENT by on December 09, 2012
Greg, I am so mistaken about you...I was somehow convinced that you told your customers it took six hours! And guess they would not argue with someone who was "apparently armed". But YOU read wrong and thought the question was "how much the book said to charge in hours?" As I previously stated, we can't be telling people it takes several hours to do a job of this nature, it will be too stressful! (I would bet even YOUR mechanic would think you are nuts! ask him!) We could say that BUT we would have to explain that is "HANDS-ON" time. You are indeed correct about 3-5 days so you allow your technician to perform quality work and not feel rushed, at the same time, the customer can appreciate that you took the time to do their job and getting their moneys worth. We all know it does take six hours to do this (without including cleaning the block, chasing the threads, removing old gasket remnants, properly filling the coolant, making sure fans reach operating temperature and re-checking the work and test driving...and without the turn-around time from a machine shop) I think if someone has to ask how long it would take for them to do this specific kind of job...then they can't. And unless they had someone coaching them, it would be a project!
COMMENT by on December 09, 2012
yes and i agree with all that. sorry about the misunderstanding
COMMENT by on December 09, 2012
it's cool
COMMENT by on December 09, 2012
Good save your.mechanic...............never mind.....:)
COMMENT by on December 10, 2012
What was the answer again, i forgot. It's all good! If everyone thought the same way nothing would ever get fixed! I think all of the techs. here have something to contribute even if we do respectfully disagree.
COMMENT by on December 10, 2012
"good save"!!!??? and YOU STILL disagree!!!???...I can forgive mistakes, I can teach clueless, BUT I CANNOT FIX STUPID!
COMMENT by on December 10, 2012
THAT IS OBVIOUS!! Stop doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.
COMMENT by on December 12, 2012
your..proof........mechanic???