2001 Chevy Blazer Head Gasket

Tiny
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET BLAZER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 87,000 MILES
My antifreeze is starting to disappear little by little. It's not leaking so I'm guessing it's the head gasket. How much would a dealer charge for this repair?
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 AT 1:27 AM

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Tiny
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Dealer? Why Dealer? Plenty of independent garages that can do this.

Don't jump to the conclusion of a headgasket, it can be diagnosed. I have seen situations where a very minor leak can cause a slow drop, slow little of a leak that it isn't seen on the ground, but may be burned off on a manifold for example.
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 AT 4:46 AM
Tiny
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Why a Dealer? I guess I just view dealers to be more knowledgeable and trustworty but surely not cheap. Ok I prob shouldn't jump to conclusions. These are my symptoms : I have been marking the cold coolant level in the overflow and it's down almost an inch every month. After driving I pop the hood I can smell a very faint trace of coolant. I'm not seeing coolant in the oil and I don't think it's coming out the exaust. So you think it's the intake gasket?
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 AT 1:50 PM
Tiny
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It could be and intake gasket (4.3 motor?), That isn't much of a leak. Not to discount it. I would start looking around for a light pinkish drien substance that may be at any point where coolant travels through. Maybe a seapage at a hose around the heads, intake etc.

Sometime too some system like a level that is a little different than what the bottle says they should have. If you don't see anything, don't add anymore and see if it continues to drop after another month.

The reason I ask about the dealer, is prety much what I expected you to say. I'm not saying that you're right or wrong, but as long as I have been in this industry I can say that it is not necessarily true. Dealers pay on flat rate and service writers work on commisison. Both of these can be bad for a customer. Any shop, dealer or otherwise is only as good as their techs and the ethics of the company. I'm just saying that you can get high quality work done ethically at an independent shop. All of them. Of course not. Dealers in my area are scary.
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 AT 5:17 PM
Tiny
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Ya, I'll poke around to see if I can locate exactly where the coolant is going. I live in a small town in NW Ohio, the chevy dealer service guys are somewhat personable people.
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 AT 11:07 PM

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