2001 Chevy Astro cost of repairs to replace head gaskets

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CHUCK1008
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET ASTRO
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
Hi,
I was told by my mechanic that my head gaskets were leaking as the coolant level was very low. My car is running fine and is not overheating or anything but I was told eventually it would leak into the oil and cause the engine to seize up. I was told it would cost around $ 3,000 to fix. Is this true?
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Friday, May 23rd, 2008 AT 4:18 PM

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Tiny
TECHMAN1
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I don't get your mechanic's opinion that anything will happen "eventually" It is either there now or it is not. I would suspect that your water pump seal is going out in which case, it will sometimes leak from a "weep hole" on the body of the water pump. You can check this if you just drive until things are plenty warm, shut it off, climb underneath and look with a flashlight.

If you are not seeing any signs of water (antifreeze) on your oil dipstick, your mechanic is full of marshmello butterflys (not my first choice of phrases).

You could have a stuck thermostat or any number of causes that could make coolant come out.

If you really need head gaskets, you are in deep poo-poo. Get a 2nd opinion and have them take a compression test on each cylinder.

Anyway, if you DID have a bad head gasket, there would be more symptoms like smoking badly on startup, water in the oil on the dipstick, radiator cap blowing past with a not overheated engine.

Look in your local newspaper adds under service adds and ask local Joe's backyard car repair, and he will tell you what is going on cheap.

Ken
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Friday, May 23rd, 2008 AT 9:31 PM
Tiny
CHUCK1008
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Hi Ken,
First, thanks for the reply. So you are saying that it's not a gradual condition that gets worst. I have seen no signs of water in the oil nor smoking. I don't know what you mean by radiator cap blowing past or how you would tell that. Is there a way to tell if it is a stuck thermostat? I will try your suggestion about test for waterpump seal.
Thanks again,
Chuck
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Friday, May 23rd, 2008 AT 11:20 PM

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