While prices vary by location as well as the make and model of the vehicle, the 2014 national average cost to replace a head gasket is between $1,139 and $1,462, according to Repair Pal. Parts for the repair are relatively inexpensive at $55 to $93; however, the job involves a great deal of labor.Continue Reading
As a part of the repair, mechanics generally inspect the entire cooling system. Failure to do so often leads to a recurring problem. The mechanic also inspects the cylinder heads and machines them if necessary. Once inside the engine, they often find additional, yet necessary repairs that add several hundred dollars to the cost of repair.
Head gaskets often fail when engines are overheated. A lack of coolant due to a leak or broken hose often leads to the initial problem. Head gasket failure also occurs due to high mileage and aging of the vehicle. When the gasket fails, the vehicle often runs rough when started, especially on the first start of the day. As the engine expels moisture from the cylinder, the idle tends to smooth. Coolant leaking into the oil gives it an appearance like chocolate milk, and the dipstick sometimes shows an abnormally high level of oil. The car often produces a white smoke from the tailpipe with a sweet antifreeze smell.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
The exact figure for alternator replacement depends on the make and model of the car; most users paid a high average of $640 with the labor cost of only around $150, as of 2015. Alternator replacement is not labor intensive, usually takes less than 2 hours to complete. However, the cost of the part can be several hundred dollars.Full Answer >
To determine the correct Napa filter for your car, go to the Napa filter look-up page, enter the make and model of your vehicle in the Consumers search field, click Go and then choose your filter category from the following page. A list of appropriate filters for your car appears.Full Answer >
To replace a turn signal light, first purchase the bulb appropriate for the vehicle's make and model. Unscrew the tail light cover and remove the light casing as far as possible without detaching the wiring from the vehicle. Remove the plug holding in the bulb by turning it a quarter of the way around. Remove the problem bulb, and replace it.Full Answer >
Depending on the make, model and year of the vehicle, the camshaft position sensor is located in various places. It can be found in the distributor, on or behind the timing cover, directly on the engine block (GM 3.1/3.4 liter engines) or behind the crankshaft pulley.Full Answer >