Mechanics

BLOWN HEAD GASKET

2006 Nissan Altima • 118,000 miles

My mechanic says my vehicle needs a new engine as well as cat because of the blown head gasket. Is it imminent to change the cat along with the engine replacement? Would I be compromising the new engine by not replacing the cat? Thx
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Sbastola
July 25, 2013.



It is not normal to replace the entire engine for a leaking cylinder head gasket. Head gaskets are normally replaced. That's a common repair on any car brand.

Catalytic converters are replaced when they lose their efficiency or when they become plugged. Without knowing what happened or why, it's hard to how your mechanic came to the conclusion it has to be replaced. If it's plugged due to being overheated from too much raw fuel going into the exhaust, it will severely limit the engine's performance and can cause engine overheating. If something catastrophic happened to the engine besides the head gasket, he could be worried there's chunks of metal in the converter that are blocking it.

Caradiodoc
Jul 25, 2013.