Please remember that we are like a computer system, garbage in garbage out. We work on information provided and if any information is incorrect, the answer would be according to it.
I don't agree that the engine has a blown gasket. The engine had been hydro-locked, meaning water had gained access to the cylinders causing at least one or more connecting rods to be bent.
The vehicle requires more than a head gasket job and once the cylinder head is off, you would be able to see what needs to be done. My bet is you definitely need to rebuild the engine.
Whomever did the diagnosis did not do a good job. Anybody who says a blown head gasket can occur from such a situation don't seem to be professionals. If possible let the insurance company knows you want a different shop doing the job.
Monday, September 10th, 2012 AT 7:27 AM