1999 Dodge Ram Head Gasket

Tiny
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1999 Dodge Ram 6 cyl Automatic 215000 miles

My van leaked water and it was not coming from the radiator. A mechanic (friend of a friend) found that the waterpump was bad. He replaced it and started the van. White smoke poured from the exhaust. He checked the spark plugs and found water on them and in the area he pulled the plugs from. He said I needed a head gasket. I gave him money to buy it and he vanished with my money. How much does it cost to repair a head gasket? The van does not run and I don't want to take it to a shop if I can't pay for the repairs. I think the other mechanic damaged one of my spark plug wires also when he removed it.
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Monday, April 19th, 2010 AT 9:27 AM

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Tiny
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Who needs enemies with friends like that!

As far as the head gasket, I would estimate that you can expect around 600.00 parts and labor. That is if nothing is wrong other than the gasket.

Was the vehicle overheated?

Let me know.

Joe
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Monday, April 19th, 2010 AT 8:31 PM
Tiny
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Yes, the van overheated. I first got the water pump replaced. After it was installed, I started it up and a large plume of white smoke came out of the exhause pipe. The mechanic took the wires off the spark plugs (pulling out a metal piece that was inside one of the wires) and found water on the plugs and in the area the plug goes into. He said I need head gaskets and he would buy them for me since I had to go back to work. I know I goofed, but he was a friend of a good friend. He has been ducking us both since. I would sue his sorry behind, but we were alone and I can't prove I gave him the money. I compensate by telling everyone I know that he robbed me. If the repair is less than $800, I think I can handle it. I also have to have it towed to the repair shop. The van has not started since the wires were removed even though I placed the spark plugs back in the engine block. Thanks for the info. I don't want to pay a lot for repairs as the van is old, but I need transportation.
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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 AT 11:50 AM
Tiny
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When you replaced the wires, did you put them in the right order? If not, that is why it won't start. As far as the white smoke, you may be able to get it to a service shop.
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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 AT 1:47 PM

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