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Feb 3, 2013, 9:09 PM

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It's a 97 so it's close to 200,000 miles. Is it worth repairing the head gasket.. the engine is a V6.

(This post was edited by shyekiera on Feb 3, 2013, 9:10 PM)

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Feb 3, 2013, 10:01 PM

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Thats a hard call to make over the internet. If the head gasket made the oil milky and it was run like that for any length of time, change the whole motor. There will be bottom end damage. If the service history has been good and its an external leak with no other concerns and the price is right do the gasket.

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Feb 4, 2013, 4:17 AM

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I wouldn't mess with that engine. You're opening up a can or worms. Everything you touch will have severe wear and where do you stop? The heads will be in severe need of a valve job when you get them off and if you follow through with that, then the lower end is going to respond badly to the increased compression.


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Feb 4, 2013, 8:31 PM

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If this was my own vehicle & I was getting my parts with the shop discount...........Maybe

If it came in on the end of a hook with 200k on the clock......Top end work wouldn't even be an option.......

I've just seen too many bottom ends go out on high mileage top end repairs that wasn't due to tech error.....It's a high risk gamble..

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