1997 Dodge Ram

Engine Mechanical problem
1997 Dodge Ram V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 186061 miles

we towed someone who kept the foot on their brakes the whole time. The radiator blew a hole. We replaced that, and its starts up, but it sounds like a lawn mower and we had a thick cloud of white smoke coming from the exhaust. We were told it could be a head gasket. Any other problems it could be? And about how much should the price be to fix in an auto shop?
August 12, 2010.

Head gasket or intake manifold gasket.

Perform a compression test to check head gaskets, if OK, then cooling system pressure test to check the intake.

If head gasket, then you are looking at $1000-$1500.

It is hard to estimate because the head may be warped and you may have to replace the head(s).

Aug 12, 2010.