This article will cover the blown head gasket problem, how to fix it, and how much money you need. Let’s check the details below!
Blown head gasket problem
My car was making a weird noise, but I couldn’t tell where the problem was. The engine smells hot, but when I check the back, I only find puddles of coolant.
I would check all coolant hoses first. Have you scrapped on anything recently? Even though I doubt this would be an issue, I recommend removing what you wrote regarding your shift. When Honda or your dealership looks at these forums, you never know and blocklist your car.
With the gasket, I decided to go ahead and replace the head with a rebuilt head since I was this deep into it. After removing the old head, I could wiggle the open valves. The “slop” showed that it was worn out front.
And after replacing everything, I drove the car. It seemed to run fine, but I heard a click from the cylinder head. I think I missed a valve when I made my valve adjustments.
I spent a total of 32 hours replacing the gasket/head, timing belt/water pump/idler. I would think it would be quicker a second time around.
How to check the blown head gasket
A blown head gasket is the most common cause of engine overheating. It can also lead to problems with starting the car. When you don’t know whether your vehicle has a blown head gasket or not, you can do a quick inspection yourself.
There are several ways to check for a blown head gasket:
- Check for coolant loss by looking at the ground under the radiator and seeing if any oil or coolant is leaking from the engine block.
- Check for signs of steam coming from your exhaust pipe.
- Inspect your radiator cap to see if it has any bubbles in it.
- Check your temperature gauge on your dashboard and see if it is constantly running high or fluctuating between average and high temperatures.
2005 Civic head gasket replacement cost
The answer depends on the cost of a replacement car and the other necessary repairs. Start by calling local reputable mechanics to estimate all needed repairs.
I spent around $500 at the dealer bringing every part, like gaskets, new head and resurfaced, fluids, etc. I found the gasket on here for $180 and had it thoroughly cleaned and tested.
The complete gasket set will range between $80-200 if you need new bolts. That’s another $100. The cost of a mechanic will be much more.
I will never assume that is head gasket until I see a crack at the gasket. Once I carry head for a check. They charge me 50$ for that and say the head is good. Turn out it wasn’t.
I lose a little more than a half quart of coolant every 225 miles. There is absolutely no steam coming from the exhaust. I expect the head gasket is blown.
The 87 Prelude Si had lots of steam from the exhaust. I used a bottle of stop leak, which took care of the problem.
What will happen if you don’t fix it
Please don’t bother to check unless you plan to fix it right away. And don’t pay $800.
If you can get it for 400 and it lasts a few months, I think it wouldn’t be too bad. I haven’t paid more than $400 for a car in years, and none of them had a blown head gasket.
You are driving with the HG blown damages the engine as well. Coolant mixes with oil which doesn’t lubricate the internals. Even if you get this POS for $400, you’re still into almost $1000 after parts and registration fees.
If you are asking what a blown head gasket is, it is obvious you are not capable of fixing one yourself. It is a reasonably detailed job on a Honda.
Coolant issue vs. blown head gasket
I thought it was coolant coming out of the reservoir, but it was coming out of the cap. It turns out that the coolant is coming from the overflow reservoir. When the coolant gets too hot, or gases are being passed back, though, it’s percolating the coolant, resulting in the leak. Once I replaced the thermostat, my engine overheating disappeared. Of course, now my tranny is dead, and I am now selling the car.
I replaced the rad cap a few days ago and had to wash out the engine compartment well to get rid of the old coolant smell. Then I have driven the car at highway speed on the open highway, and it seems to have disappeared for the most part. And I can’t see any more signs of a coolant leak.
I think what probably happened was my thermostat failed, and the engine started to overheat, increasing the pressure to the point where the rad cap started leaking. Replacing the thermostat fixed my overheating issue, but the rad cap was terrible and probably passing gas through the reservoir.
I also notice a tiny amount of coolant on the bottom part of the car just underneath the coolant reservoir. There was no sign of coolant splatter on the battery, indicating the coolant was leaking from the reservoir cap.
The coolant pressure test shows no drop in pressure after 20 minutes. Rubber coolant lines look fine, and there are no signs of coolant anywhere around the engine.
I had a small gasket leak, not enough to show with a compression test or a coolant pressure check! So you never know. Once I found burnt coolant in the exhaust pipe, it became apparent that the car would misfire on a cold start.
Is it worth buying a car with a blown head gasket?
It could be an acceptable deal if you can fix the head gasket yourself. Do not buy this car if you have to pay to have it fixed.
$800 is what that car is probably worth in fair running condition without a blown head gasket. If replacing the head gasket is a $500 job, then the vehicle is worth no more than $200-300 as it sits.
$800 is way too much for the car, with the engine’s blown head gasket. I would offer the person $300, depending on the shape of the rest of the components. In some cases, if you replace the head gasket, they’ll probably end up rebuilding the entire head.
I say go for it, and it’s only $500. Just do a bit of reading up and have a go. I’d be a little weary.
A head gasket is a significant issue. Because you haven’t got much experience, things will go wrong. I guarantee that. If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t do it, no offense. I am a mechanic myself, but I see many people do it themselves, especially now when money is tight in the crisis. I have all the patience and time in the world, plus an empty garage.