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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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    I have a 3.2 CTS with a head gaske blew, a friend of mine will replace it, he estimate could be a $1500 job incluide head job, gasket set and timing belt. Question is true that when you replace timing belt have to do the same whith water pump?

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

    I don't know about that KBB value. Maybe yours is higher because of the geographic area or your model is a step up from mine. I bought a 2003 base model 3 months ago with 83k on it. No rust. Minor scratches here & there. Interior very good. KBB here was just a tick under $4400 at the time. He wanted $4900. I got it for $4k.

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

    oeln,

    How many miles on the car. It's recommended (150,000 miles) when you replace your timing belt. I would it's only a $50 part instead of later when it will cost you more with labor. Also replace your thermostat and senor. When he said replacing the timing belt does that included the tensioner and all the pullies? Now you have an option here to either put back the pink or green coolant back i would talk to your mechanic about that or you could google the pros and con on the two. Good luck to you.

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