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Q: Can head gasket work cause the engine then to crack? on 2002 Honda Accord

So if the head gasket work was done and then a week and a half later the car overheats again and then they tell us it needs a replacement engine could the gasket work have then caused this to happen (ie machine shop work or how they put it back together?) Did they not apply due diligence in the diagnosis of the problem?

ALSO is it better to get a "junk yard" replacement engine or a "japanese" used engine? Both would have mileage under 60K.

Thanks so much.
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I am sorry to hear your Honda engine has such a major problem. I presume the car was initially repaired at a reputable repair shop. They diagnosed initially that the car had a blown head gasket and a week later the engine overheated to a point that it is likely you need to replace the entire engine.
Have the shop offered any good will gesture of offered any reason why the engine blew up after they had done such a major job so recently. If they offer no good will or a break in price I would tell them you wish to get the engine independently analyzed to see what the failure was and could it have been associated with the work the first shop had done.
Wrecking yard engines are always a gamble unless you can hear it run first. Even a "low" mileage engine should have the valve cover and even oil pan removed and check a few bearings and check inside the valve cover to see if the engine shows signs of frequent oil changes. Even then it makes sense to change the timing belt, clutch if applicable, water pump ect.... while they are assessable.
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