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Q: How do I know if I blew my engine or a head task on 2000 Dodge Durango

I had a mechanic look at my truck he recommends a new engine, I read your symptoms of a blown head gasket and this sounds like my problem,whats the difference between the two
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When you pull both heads on a vehicle to replace the head gaskets the proper way, depending on the mileage of the vehicle, is to have a valve job and resurface performed. Considering the time and expense to do this and again depending on the mileage of the vehicle the shop may be recommending a whole engine due to cost effectiveness and the warranty available with a complete engine. Just doing the heads and gaskets may cause issues with the rest of the engine later. Have the shop explain to you what their advantages are of a whole engine compared to the gasket.
Thanks the mileage is over 200,000. Can you give an estimate on what I should pay for a rebuilt engine for a 2000 dodge durango 4.7 and roughly how many hours of labor
We don't do engines and there is a price difference between where I'm at in Florida and where you're at in California.

If you are going with the expense of an engine plan on doing it completely. Belts, hoses, spark plugs, ignition wires (if you have them), testing or replacing radiator, water pump, thermostat, replace power steering fluid, automatic trans fluid, and any sensors that are easier to get to when the engine is out. Most the time the extra $'s are for the parts and very little labor because you have most parts in your hand already and you're just putting back in a new part instead of putting back in the old one. This way you will have a truck that should last you another 100,000 miles. (as long as the rest of the vehicle has been maintained and is in good shape)
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