Head Gasket Replacement Cost

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$1145   to   $1468
Labor: $1090 - $1375
Parts: $55 - $93
Estimate does not include taxes and fees.

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) will need to be inspected and machined. Additional repairs may be needed after the inspection, which 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.

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.

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(732) 587-7683
"I've been going there for well over 20 years. Never had a problem. If something wasn't right, you could take it back and they would make it right."— Susan, a Verified Customer
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Parts & Labor Warranty:
36 months / 36,000 miles
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 7:00am to 5:00pm
Sat: 7:00am to 3:00pm
Sun: CLOSED
Amenities:
  • Car Delivery
  • Car Pickup/Dropoff
  • Coffee
  • Free Estimates
  • Heated Waiting Room
  • Loaner Car
  • Open Saturday
  • Rental Car
  • Se Habla Espanol
  • Service Guarantee
  • Towing
  • Wireless Internet
Specialties:
  • AC/Heating
  • Alignment
  • Check Engine Light
  • Diagnosis
  • Muffler & Exhaust
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Smog/Emissions Testing
  • Timing Belts
  • Tire Sales/Repair
  • Transmission Repair
  • Windshield/Glass
Real Customer Reviews

Real Customer Review(s)

"I've been going there for well over 20 years. Never had a problem. If something wasn't right, you could take it back and they would make it right." Susan - Verified Customer
"A reliable and honest establishment. I have been using them for years and will continue o do so." Edward - Verified Customer
"Ray&Dana's is the best! They put you and your car 1st. The ONLY repair shop I'll have work on my car." Neil - Verified Customer
Shop Message

We are family owned and operated and serving the local community since 1957. We pride ourselves with honesty, integrity and reliability. We employ the top technicians in the field and have the latest diagnostic equipment available to them to insure your vehicle is repaired correctly the first time. We offer drop-off and pick-up service as well as local towing. We offer a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty on all repairs unless stated otherwise. We are the alternative to the dealer, offering better service and fair pricing. We look forward to serving you in the future. Thank you in advance, Dana Perone/Owner Operater.

RepairPal's Assesment
Ray & Dana's Inman Auto Care has been serving the Colonia area since 1957. The shop is managed by Ray Sachkowsky, who has over 26 years of industry experience and is a former technician. Dana Perone, their top service writer, has been with the company for over 24 years, worked as a technician, and is state certified for inspections and emissions. All this experience makes Dana a great asset to the shop. Their team of technicians is led by John Zeiss, who has 25 years of experience, including running his own shop. There's no lack of skills with the other technicians either, having over 95 years of combined experience. Doug Haines is their electrical expert who also ran his own electrical specialty shop for 10 years. These technicians put all their talents to use on your vehicle and back it up with a 24 Month / 24,000 mile warranty. For your convenience they offer shuttle service, rental/loaner cars, early bird/after hours drop-off, free WiFi, and convenient Saturday business hours.
(718) 502-9698
"They are great mechanics that charge fair prices."— Lenny, a Verified Customer
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Parts & Labor Warranty:
12 months / 12,000 miles
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Amenities:
  • Rental Car
  • Service Guarantee
  • Wireless Internet
Specialties:
  • AC/Heating
  • Alignment
  • Check Engine Light
  • Diagnosis
  • Muffler & Exhaust
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Timing Belts
Real Customer Reviews

Real Customer Review(s)

"They are great mechanics that charge fair prices." Lenny - Verified Customer
"I have been using them for a long time, they do very good work." Michael - Verified Customer
"They do great work, they never overcharge and they always do the work that is needed." Melissa - Verified Customer
Shop Message

12 Volt Doctor of Staten Island is a full-service Auto Repair Shop specializing in exotic, foreign, and luxury cars. Founded in 1975, we continue to operate as a family-owned business today, providing top quality, dealership alternative services to all of New York.

Our love of cars and technological innovation, combined with a desire to provide the highest levels of customer service, set us apart from the competition.

Our staff is highly experienced and factory certified to work on a full spectrum of automobiles. We perform repairs and full-service maintenance on all luxury and non-luxury makes, including:

-Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Lexus, Jaguar, Porsche, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lotus, Rolls Royce, Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Cadillac, Saab, Maybach, Honda, and Hummer.

We also work on Domestic, other European and Japanese makes: Chevrolet, Chrysler, GMC, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Acura, Honda, Lexus, Toyota, Nissan, Land Rover, Volvo, Kia, etc.

Whether you need annual servic

RepairPal's Assesment
12 Volt Doctor was established in 2001 and has been providing the community with quality automotive repair ever since. This RepairPal Certified shop features an experienced team of automotive technicians who are equipped with dealer level tools and diagnostic equipment enabling them to perform a wide range of repairs. These repairs can range from minor and major mechanical repairs, to check engine light and computer system diagnosis and repairs, to tires and wheel alignment, as well as your scheduled maintenance needs. All this work is backed by a 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind. Our survey of their recent customers revealed a group who describe the team here as: “amazing”, “courteous”, and “honest”. Local shuttle service, rental cars, early bird drop off, and a waiting area with wireless Internet are also available for your convenience.

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