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Old 12-11-2014, 10:16 AM
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Need advice, engine swap or no?

It's been a while since I posted on here, the past couple months have been hectic. Anyways I've run into a problem and I need some input. Long story short when my car started up the idle was at about 500 and the engine was pulsing BAD. Had it towed to a local mechanic and he says the engine is not holding compression along with there being oil and water mixing together. So, he's asking $800 to replace the head gasket and he also says the block could be cracked. I had the car towed back to the house because I just don't know what to do.

The car is an automatic 1998 BB6 with 200,000+ miles. I've been doing everything I can to keep this car running over the past two years and have already pored a lot into repairs/replacements (transmission, timing belt, water pump, belts, starter, distributor, valve cover gasket, fuel filter, suspension, etc.) This car is pretty much rebuilt (including the interior).

What I need to know is:

1) Is $800 steep?
2) Should I just get an engine swap done?
3) If I get the engine replaced what would be a fair price for an engine with less than 100,000 miles if its possible to find one like this?

BTW, the current engine has had a ticking noise that gets noticeably louder once she warms up and I've been suspecting something was bound to give. A buddy of mine said it could be piston slap or a bent valve.

Any input would be appreciated.
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Re: Need advice, engine swap or no?

explain the ticking noise more please.

head gaskets are a simple procedure to replace... you could do it yourself with a little motivation and a socket set. get impact sockets though, they are cheap at harbor freight. what i would do in your situation is this

remove your cylinder head yourself. its easy. download a manual on the DIY section go to Engine, Cylinder Head, Removal.
pretty much thats all you need to do. then you can tell if the block is cracked. check your valvetrain, etc. then you can also decide whether you want to finish the job or have your mechanic look into it further. or if you want a new engine.

by removing your cylinder head it will cut down on your mechanics price because the tear down is already done. its like hiring a contractor to do your kitchen or something, if you do the demo, the price is cheaper.
BUT call your mechanic first, ask him if he will still do the job if you remove the cylinder head yourself. some will some wont. make sure if you do remove the head that you BAG AND LABEL all parts, nuts, bolts, etc. and also follow the head bolt removal that the service manual recommends to prevent warping of the head, again, very simple.

all it takes is motivation, a service manual, and patience. you get to save a few dollars and learn something new as a plus.

to bad your not in jersey, i would of done it for you for around $400.
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You're in florida? join up on the Florida Preludes page on there and we have some good people on there that can help you with your issue and give some advise. Im an admin on the page and Ill get you on
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explain the ticking noise more please.

head gaskets are a simple procedure to replace... you could do it yourself with a little motivation and a socket set. get impact sockets though, they are cheap at harbor freight. what i would do in your situation is this

remove your cylinder head yourself. its easy. download a manual on the DIY section go to Engine, Cylinder Head, Removal.
pretty much thats all you need to do. then you can tell if the block is cracked. check your valvetrain, etc. then you can also decide whether you want to finish the job or have your mechanic look into it further. or if you want a new engine.

by removing your cylinder head it will cut down on your mechanics price because the tear down is already done. its like hiring a contractor to do your kitchen or something, if you do the demo, the price is cheaper.
BUT call your mechanic first, ask him if he will still do the job if you remove the cylinder head yourself. some will some wont. make sure if you do remove the head that you BAG AND LABEL all parts, nuts, bolts, etc. and also follow the head bolt removal that the service manual recommends to prevent warping of the head, again, very simple.

all it takes is motivation, a service manual, and patience. you get to save a few dollars and learn something new as a plus.

to bad your not in jersey, i would of done it for you for around $400.
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