Well, lots of questions there.
As for driving the car hot . Yes . If you did then that would be your fault I am sorry to say. Any time your vehicle starts to get hot out of range you should shut it down at once. Heads warp then you have a blown gasket
It may be up to them with the warranty. Taking it back for it starting to get hot was the right thing. You should have continued to do that though sorry .I am sure you don t want to hear that. Many things may have been causing it to heat up . Bad thermostat, radiator, cap, water pump or even the cooling fans.
If this is under warranty then by all means . Take it back and let them fix it.
As for the price yes . That is about right and depending on what other damage it may be a little less or more. Once the heads are off they need to be totally torn down and a machinist refinish them. All the valves need to be checked and the bad ones replaced. Time frame about right also . It will take time to take it apart and unless they have a machinist there which they probably don t, they sub that out to a machine shop to work the heads now you are waiting on them once back then put it all back together.
If you look at your engine . As you see there is a ton of goodies on top of the heads that must come off. Then all that must go back on correctly. It is a lot of work. Since you bought it used it may have gotten hot before you purchased it. The place you bought it from would have no idea of that. So it may have been bad going into the dealer before you bought it.
Even I purchased a used vehicle for my daughter checked it out on the machines etc .1500 miles later I was pulling both heads . It happens I am sorry to say .
Well it is hard to say if it is a head gasket . Or not . Was it blowing white smoke out the tail pipe? Is there oil in the radiator fluid, or radiator fluid in the oil?
Friday, September 11th, 2009 AT 10:56 PM