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hello, please advise if a car's head gasket has gone, is it worth it to repair or better to let it go? thanks in advance

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#1
depends on car / year / value and why you think its gone.
#2
As above !
What is the car worth to you ?
What make and milage ?
What is the cost of repair
What is the symptoms ...

It may be something as simple as a stuck thermostat or be something very serious !!

Need lots more info befoeba yes/no answer can be given
#4
Blown head gasket could be caused by a number of things. Depending on the root cause will determine the least amount of work required. I used to work for a Ford dealership, and a minimum would be to remove the head/heads, resurface them in case they are warped, then replace gasket and valve ect.. of course you can find people who will just do the minimum, but there may be other factors that will cause it to fail again.

It can get costly, so if the car is old with a lot of miles, I would see if any additives work as mentioned above, and if not find a new car.
#5
Yes as above main thing us how much is ur car worth and how much it's going to cost to out it back on the road. if it's not too bad and ur cars not worth much u can try the head gasket sealant stuff in a put anything from 5 to 20 pounds cost. or u can take the thermostat out and keep it going for possibly and couple of years but u will be getting very cold in the winter as u won't be getting much hot air through ur heating system so if u can afford another car then rap up warm and have the thermostat removed altogether.
#6
Lots of headgasket repairs don't last long and will often need doing again. Also their is usually a cause and if it's not rectified it might blow again. Sometimes it's just as cheap to replace the engine completely. It really depends on the vehicle on whether it makes economical sense. If it's replaced make sure you have the head skimmed.
#7
muddassarsardar
Yes as above main thing us how much is ur car worth and how much it's going to cost to out it back on the road. if it's not too bad and ur cars not worth much u can try the head gasket sealant stuff in a put anything from 5 to 20 pounds cost. or u can take the thermostat out and keep it going for possibly and couple of years but u will be getting very cold in the winter as u won't be getting much hot air through ur heating system so if u can afford another car then rap up warm and have the thermostat removed altogether.
My old fiesta had the thermostat removed and on a really bad winters day I couldn't drive it as the windows would frost up in front of me as I was driving! Px'd it at a garage before it give up completely on me.
#8
Try post #3.

There are a few of these "fixes" out there now, so they must have a reasonable success rate.

A blown gasket is often the result of too much oil being added; my family had 5 identical model cars, when the old guy we used retired, 3 went to a friend of my step fathers, and I took mine to a guy I trust; in the space of 2 years, every one of the 3 blew its gaskets, cos the guy servicing them was an idiot, even after "repairs" they leaked oil everywhere..

My 2 racked up over 400k without ever losing a drop of oil.
#9
Gentle_Giant
Try post #3.
There are a few of these "fixes" out there now, so they must have a reasonable success rate.
A blown gasket is often the result of too much oil being added; my family had 5 identical model cars, when the old guy we used retired, 3 went to a friend of my step fathers, and I took mine to a guy I trust; in the space of 2 years, every one of the 3 blew its gaskets, cos the guy servicing them was an idiot, even after "repairs" they leaked oil everywhere..
My 2 racked up over 400k without ever losing a drop of oil.

They sometimes do work, for how long is anyones guess, However they can also create more problems by corroding and even clogging up radiators etc.. They're worth trying if you want to get a bit more out of it but I doubt they'll fix completely for long.

Headgaskets usually blow when their is overheating, i,e water pump or oil pump failure, thermostats stuck closed etc..

Also a common cause is constant stop starting and going from one extreme speed to another. Metal expands and contracts at various different temps, If it heats up fast and cools fast then that over time can warp heads etc..
#10
Got to love these threads, op gives next to no details and vanished.

Aye, it's clearly shafted, buy a new motor.
#11
shauneco
Gentle_Giant
Try post #3.
There are a few of these "fixes" out there now, so they must have a reasonable success rate.
A blown gasket is often the result of too much oil being added; my family had 5 identical model cars, when the old guy we used retired, 3 went to a friend of my step fathers, and I took mine to a guy I trust; in the space of 2 years, every one of the 3 blew its gaskets, cos the guy servicing them was an idiot, even after "repairs" they leaked oil everywhere..
My 2 racked up over 400k without ever losing a drop of oil.
They sometimes do work, for how long is anyones guess, However they can also create more problems by corroding and even clogging up radiators etc.. They're worth trying if you want to get a bit more out of it but I doubt they'll fix completely for long.
Headgaskets usually blow when their is overheating, i,e water pump or oil pump failure, thermostats stuck closed etc..
Also a common cause is constant stop starting and going from one extreme speed to another. Metal expands and contracts at various different temps, If it heats up fast and cools fast then that over time can warp heads etc..

The first company I came across making one of these products - and selling it via garage mechanics, was offering 100K mileage warranty; that was a couple of years ago. It really does come down to how bad the damage is, and if the head has warped too much.

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