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Old 10-02-2008, 13:29   #1
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How much to fix a head gasket ?

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can anyone give me an idea of how much it will cost me for a garage to fix my car. Just checked my coolant and its brown and my oil is thick and nasty so im guessing my head gasket has gone. Im a bit on the skint side at the mo so want an idea of how much it might cost?

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Old 10-02-2008, 13:32   #2
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Ideally 200 - 400 dependant on garage, labour charges etc
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Old 10-02-2008, 13:33   #3
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Yeah, as said, be happy with 300 - 350.. any more and their ripping you off. Under that, make sure they do a good job.

And someone correct me if i'm wrong but replace water pump and other things too..
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Old 10-02-2008, 13:34   #4
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Labour ought to be around the 200-250 mark, maybe a touch more. Parts ( Gaskets, Timing belt, water pump, tensioner ) around the 100 mark.

On top of that you might have to fork out for, for example, a new radiator as something will have gone ( often the water pump ) in order to cause the HGF.
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300 - 400 from an independent, 500 - 700 from a dealer.

If you handy with a spanner and have a weekend free you could try doing it yourself, there are a few threads about, trying looking in the How To section and think of the knowledge you'll gain.

There's one that goes into some detail on themgzr.co.uk.
And have alot of patience
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Old 10-02-2008, 17:19   #6
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Thanks for the replies, will have a look at how hard it is, if it looks scary or too hard ill have to hope i find somewhere good to do it for me
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Old 10-02-2008, 17:34   #7
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Yeah, as said, be happy with 300 - 350.. any more and their ripping you off. Under that, make sure they do a good job.

And someone correct me if i'm wrong but replace water pump and other things too..
For water pump and timing belt to be changed as well as the headgasket id budget anywhere between 400-500, and thats at an independent garage, but your right the water pump and timing belt should be changed at the same time.

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Labour ought to be around the 200-250 mark, maybe a touch more. Parts ( Gaskets, Timing belt, water pump, tensioner ) around the 100 mark.

On top of that you might have to fork out for, for example, a new radiator as something will have gone ( often the water pump ) in order to cause the HGF.
Not necessarily head gaskets can just fail due to the original gaskets being cheap and poorly designed, id investigate further to see if there is a reason, but i wouldnt start replacing things unless i knew for definate
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Old 10-02-2008, 17:37   #8
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can anyone give me an idea of how much it will cost me for a garage to fix my car. Just checked my coolant and its brown and my oil is thick and nasty so im guessing my head gasket has gone. Im a bit on the skint side at the mo so want an idea of how much it might cost?

Thanks
If you have a good sense of mechanics, have a go at doing it yourself, it really isn't that hard to do, and best of all, a HELL of a lot cheaper.
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Old 10-02-2008, 20:18   #9
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also be prepared in the worst case for pressure test / skim and a vacuum test
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Old 10-02-2008, 20:26   #10
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strip, pressure test, skim, all new gaskets, timing belt, water pump, oil, filter, rebuild, system flush, new coolant, around 450, get it to s wales and i'll do it for you... anything else like rad, rear metal pipe etc extra, but this is very rare...
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strip, pressure test, skim, all new gaskets, timing belt, water pump, oil, filter, rebuild, system flush, new coolant, around 450, get it to s wales and i'll do it for you... anything else like rad, rear metal pipe etc extra, but this is very rare...
Get in touch with JasonEbay. He did my HG yesterday and he's a mobile Rover tech (11 years). He'll come to you. Nice bloke, competitive price. Replaces everything! He's done loads of HG's for people on the forum.
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Get in touch with JasonEbay. He did my HG yesterday and he's a mobile Rover tech (11 years). He'll come to you. Nice bloke, competitive price. Replaces everything! He's done loads of HG's for people on the forum.

How can I contact Jasonebay
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Old 01-02-2009, 16:39   #13
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juet finished doing hg on my rover 25 not a hard job but time consuming probably take a good day parts cost about 100 for head gasket, timing belt, tensioner if required, spark plugs, oil, filters, coolant

hope this helps best of luck mate
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is the any difference between a rover 214 cyliinder head and a mgzr cylinder head 1.4
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Old 20-05-2009, 16:40   #15
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is the any difference between a rover 214 cyliinder head and a mgzr cylinder head 1.4
It depends if the 214 is an 8v or 16v

The MG ZR has a 16v head, the same as the 16v 200s.

The head gasket itself is the same for all of them, though.
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Old 20-05-2009, 22:23   #16
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early k series 16 valve heads ( up to approx 98 my) had different tensioner / belt and lower pulleys.
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Old 08-05-2010, 16:09   #17
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Anyone know how to contact Jasonebay or recommend someone who does this also?

I require a HG changed for my MG ZR 1.8.

Any help would be appreciated

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The price also depends on what parts are used, mine will be on the expensive side as i'm using the PAYEN MLS Kit and Bolts with a GATES Timing Belt Kit !!!
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The price also depends on what parts are used, mine will be on the expensive side as i'm using the PAYEN MLS Kit and Bolts with a GATES Timing Belt Kit !!!

Whats on the expensive side then?
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Gates Timing Belt Kit and Tensioner for a VVC (Both Belts) cost me 55 inc VAT !!!
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