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What does it cost to repair a cylinder head gasket?

Replacement is the only option for a blown head gasket (sorry, it can’t be repaired). Inline four-cylinder engines have one head gasket. Six-cylinder and eight-cylinder engines in a "V" configuration have two gaskets so costs could be near doubled if both gaskets are replaced. Most of the cost is labor since the top of the engine is disassembled to access the head gasket. So the average cost to replace it is between $1,000-$1,500 depending on the year, make, and model.

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How does a Cylinder Head Gasket Work?

A cylinder head gasket is a sheet of formed metal or other compressible material that forms a seal between the cylinder head and the engine block. The head gasket seals combustion gases, oil, and coolant that run between the engine block and the cylinder head from crossover contamination and any leakage of liquids or gases.


  • Overheating
    This almost always happens with a blown head gasket cause your engine is leaking coolant.
  • White smoke
    If you see this coming from the tail pipe, it could be that your head gasket leaking into the cylinders.
  • Spraying water from tail pipe
    Excessive water spraying out of the exhaust is usually a sign of a blown head gasket.
  • Bubbling in radiator
    Bubbling in the radiator with the cap removed and engine running usually points to a blown head gasket.
  • Leaks
    Leaks at the engine block or on the floor could indicate a blown head gasket.
  • Coolant in the engine oil
    Seeing coolant mixed with the engine oil (muddy) is another possible sign of a blown head gasket.

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How urgent are Head Gasket repairs?

A leaking or blown cylinder head gasket is a safety issue. It will cause a vehicle to overheat severely and ultimately cause catastrophic engine failure, causing the vehicle to stall, stop, or breakdown. You should never drive a vehicle with a blown cylinder head gasket. If you are having any symptoms that might point to a bad cylinder head gasket, we recommend you tow your vehicle to one of our nearest expert repair shops.