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    98 Head Gasket Job

    My Cadillac dealer wants $2400 to do the head gasket job.
    Would I save any money by letting an independant do it?
    Are they likely to as good a job?

    Thanks

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    From what I hear $2400 is a pretty good price as the drivetrain must be removed. If you go for an independent, be sure they are familiar with the Northstar and that all 20 head bolt holse will be Timeserted. Come to think of it, be sure the dealer is including Timeserting for that price.

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    What dealership is charging 2400 for headgasket job?

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    He is installing Time-serts. He is billing 24 hours @ $78 per hour, plus parts.

    This includes doing the 1/2 case seal.

    The dealer I bought the car from (I only had it a day when the problem started) wants me to take it to an independant repair shop. He says it will be way cheaper than Cadillac. I think I want to stay with the Cadillac shop.

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    Wow! Caddy dealers aroud here charge like $95/hr!
    Most independants don't have the knowledge or experience to do this job properly.

    Peteski

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    Although it's entirely possible for many to just do in your own driveway I'd shy away from independants who don't have northstar experiance.

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    Here in Plano, the dealer gets $110/hr

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    HEY THERE IS A COMPANY CALLED CHRFAB THAT WILL DO A TIMESERT FOR ALL 20 BOLTS FOR $400. THE UNIQUE THING ABOUT IS THAT YOU CAN TAKE THE HEAD OFF AND ON AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT. KOOL HUH?
    http://www.chrfab.com/Engines.htm

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    In Phoenix there is a place called "Cadishop" The Dealer Alternative.

    They are awesome guys and do a great job. My car was overheating and they took care of it for me. It was only $73; and having a Cadillac that is rare. I think they only charged 70 hr and charged for a half hour.

    I had some transmission issues a year ago and paid $2,800 to have a trans shop fix it. The Cadishop told me they fix many issues like I had for $350. Anyone in the Phoenix Metro area should check them out!

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    The thing with chrfab is that the $400 charge is just to do the timeserts, and that's it. It's the removal and reinstallation of the engine that costs the most. Doing the timeserts themselves is fairly easy, the kit's expensive but the inserts are fairly cheap. With chrfab you'll have to pay for the inserts themselves, $400 is just for the labor. Hell I'd do timeserts themselves for $149.49 in labor.

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    Hey, I'll do the timeserts for $149.50 (labor) if you bring the block over to my house!

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    But If You Use The Timesert Will You Be Able To Take The Head On And Off As Many Time As You Want Like Want Chfab Mentioned. Im Not Saying Any Of You Are Wrong But Just Want Advice. Thank You

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    So I can't drive over to CHRFAB (wherever they're located), pop open my hood, and wait in the lobby? Darn.

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    Quote Originally Posted by 94CaddyConcours
    But If You Use The Timesert Will You Be Able To Take The Head On And Off As Many Time As You Want Like Want Chfab Mentioned. Im Not Saying Any Of You Are Wrong But Just Want Advice. Thank You
    You are indeed not saying any of us are wrong, because none of us are wrong. You're only wrong in saying that it's unique for chrfab to be able to pull the heads off. You can take the head off and put it back on as many times as you want with timeserts or without, as long as the block threads are OK. It's just that you should use new headbolts every time you put it back on if you've started it since the last time you torqued the bolts down. Chrfab does timeserts just like everybody else, the only differance is that they don't include pulling the engine and putting it back in into their price.

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    Re: 98 Head Gasket Job

    Just got my car back from the dealer. They did the head gaskets with Timeserts, half case seals, front and rear crank seals and the water pump. $3200.

    Will this repair hold up for a while, or will the head gaskets blow again?

    Thanks

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