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Head Gasket Replacement

(1997 Honda Civic)
in Denver, CO on February 15, 2011
I have a 97 Civic that needs a head gasket replacement, and after attempting the job myself, I wanted to get a quote to see how much the job would cost to complete. The old gasket was definitely bad - I had heating / cooling problems, a radiator hose rupture under exaust gas pressure, and a mechanic confirm it wasn't holding pressure. I pulled and machined the head, then reassembled the engine with new gaskets, timing belt, and water pump. The problem - the new gasket will not seal, and I don't want to repeat all that work. So, assuming the parts are good - what would be an estimate to do a full diassembly, recheck the head and block, and reassembly? How much would it be for me to do the diassembly, then bring it to you? Thanks!!
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on February 15, 2011
The only way, at this point is to get an estimate at this point, is to get the car to a Honda specialist and explain what's happened. He'll probably want to give an estimate for diagnosis, that is he'd tear it down and find out what's wrong and then he could give you an estimate for completing the job. Probably the last thing any mechanic wants is to get a car in pieces, it really doesn't help to get the motor in a box, if you see what I mean. Also, if the head gasket, for instance, has been installed, no mechanic will want to use it again and guarantee his work and the parts involved.
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