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Q: Engine replacement has been recommended - car has 56000 miles on 2002 Honda Accord

The car overheated and first we were told to replace the hoses and coolant etc,. then again and told to flush coolant and transmission, then again and told had to do a head gasket repair and that would certainly take care of the problem, then again and told we need a new engine!! What is the problem?
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How badly was your engine overheated. It is quite possible the engine has a blown headgasket a simple test for this is to do a "block check" it tests for the presence of carbon monoxide in the cooling system. Carbon monoxide is a by product of combustion and will only be present if the headgasket is blown.
If the engine was badly over heated to the point where the cylinder bores are damaged and the cylinder head is damaged it is cheaper to replace the engine. If the engine was not severely overheated the cylinder head removal, inspection of the cylinder head and reassembly may only be necessary. With the engine stripped down at this time it is prudent to replace the timing belt water pump thermostat and any water hoses found to be non serviceable.
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