Head Gasket Replacement Cost

Head Gasket(s) Replacement Estimate (National Average)

$1036
to
$1470
Validated estimate range for national average.

The average cost for a Head Gasket(s) Replacement is between $1036 and $1470. Labor costs are estimated between $704 and $888 while parts are priced between $332 and $582. Get a personalized estimate based on your location and specific car. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.Get a personalized estimate based on your location and specific car. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.

Parts & Labor Breakdown
Labor: $704 - $888
Parts: $332 - $582
Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Best Practices

To prevent an expensive, recurring problem, the integrity of the entire cooling system should be inspected and tested when a head gasket is replaced.

During this repair, the cylinder head(s) may need to be inspected and machined. Additional repairs may be needed after the inspection. This can add several hundred dollars to the repair and are not included in the RepairPal estimate.

Cylinder head gasket replacement often occurs when the engine has high mileage; several additional parts may be needed during the repair. These may include cooling system components (hoses, water pump, radiator, thermostat, etc.) vacuum lines, timing belt, ignition wires, and more. These will be in addition to the RepairPal estimate above.

Common Symptoms

Head gasket failures are often due to an overheated engine, but can also be caused by high mileage and/or age.

An early sign of a failing head gasket will be a rough running engine when you first start the vehicle, especially if it's been sitting overnight. The rough running will generally last for only a few seconds.

A leaking headgasket will often leak engine coolant into the oil, causing a "chocolate milk" like appearance and the oil level my be higher than normal.

Failed head gaskets can produce a white, sweet-smelling smoke from the tail pipe.

This is a national average for all makes and models, but you can make it more accurate by adding your car info and ZIP.
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