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    blown head gasket.. what should i do!?

    i have a 2003 cts. the head gasket just blew up on me. a buddy of mine suggested i replace the entire engine.
    i don't know what to do. i still owe on the car[~$6,000] and i'm moving to japan in november, so i won't be needing it after that.
    is it better to get the engine, fix it, and sell it? or just replace the head gasket and sell it.

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    Re: blown head gasket.. what should i do!?

    Depends, can you live without the car til November. Can you replace the engine or head gasket yourself. If you cannot do the work yourself but you can live without the car til you leave I would try and sell it as is and see what's the most you could get out of it. just figure up the cost to repair it and add it to the 6k you owe on it. Do you think you could get that amount out if it if sold after fixing the car.

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    Re: blown head gasket.. what should i do!?

    i'm willing to live without the car, and the most i can do is an oil change. kelly blue book shows i can sell it for 6,800 in fair condition. my goal is to lose as little as possible at this point..
    i regret getting this car.

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    Re: blown head gasket.. what should i do!?

    Well I believe its going to cost more than $800 to fix the timing chain or replace the engine. Does it have real low milage. Id test the waters and see if you could get 5k as is.

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    Head gaskets dont just blow out the blue, dont blame it on the car, blame it on bad maintenance, you had to have some issues before it blew, like the coolant light telling you the coolants low, not putting the right anti-freeze in and putting water, driving around with no coolant or something like the water pump going out or bad thermostat, there should have been some kind of sign before it blew, also how do you know its blown and is not the water pump or thermostat

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    Re: blown head gasket.. what should i do!?

    Probably better to buy an engine used if you can (depends where you are located) and then drop it in. That head gasket is a very involved job, and if you've never done that before... you are probably looking at a big headache.

    Never had to do it, but it may or may not require purchasing special tools to lock timing in place or other things.

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    Re: blown head gasket.. what should i do!?

    Quote Originally Posted by djkdawg View Post
    Head gaskets dont just blow out the blue, dont blame it on the car, blame it on bad maintenance, you had to have some issues before it blew, like the coolant light telling you the coolants low, not putting the right anti-freeze in and putting water, driving around with no coolant or something like the water pump going out or bad thermostat, there should have been some kind of sign before it blew, also how do you know its blown and is not the water pump or thermostat
    i would get random messages like the oil pressure was low: shut off immediately. but would get it checked and it was nothing. computer glitches mostly. i recently got my radiator replaced around 6 months ago. and i made sure the fluids were good before i started my road trip[which is when it blew]
    well, it spewed oil everywhere, so i'm sure it is. also, i had someone look at it before i left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odthetruth View Post
    Probably better to buy an engine used if you can (depends where you are located) and then drop it in. That head gasket is a very involved job, and if you've never done that before... you are probably looking at a big headache.

    Never had to do it, but it may or may not require purchasing special tools to lock timing in place or other things.
    well, i'm definitely not doing any maintenance myself. i'm taking it to a shop here in the gulfport/biloxi area..
    thank you.

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    I had that happen to me on but on my 93 deville, had the radiator changed, the next month, I made a 5 hour trip and blew my head gasket , since it was a 93 , motor was only 300 bucks, got her fixed and sold her after that and got the cts, now im praying I don't have to touch the radiator on this cadillac

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