2002 Ford Taurus head gasket/ O rings

Tiny
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2002 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 140 k miles

f you could look at my previous? ALSO

I had (girlfriends) Head Gasket done, few months back.
vehichle, it ran somewhat better, but moves slow from stop, (he did guarentee it) and has less power
Have been in touch with mechanic, he insists its probably fuel injectors. I had another garage do diagnostic, they said seemed like head gasket.

Just yesterday, (finally looked at again) Mechanic who fixed head gasket, did the pressure check and now says its probably O rings.
This, is looking like his guarentee, of head gasket, was easy to make. 2 cylinders have considerable less pressure. 40 out of 120. He is saying its O rings, and job would be expensive ( car is also not worth much ). ( Open up heads etc.) It seems to me, he fixed head gasket, (and guarenteed it) and now conveniently says its O rings, but if he rebuilt engine and we now had lack of pressure he would say it was head gasket.

He admits that lack of pressure can be gasket, but says we checked pressure after fixing it, so it cant be gasket.

Is there any way to definately know?

He is not being totally dismissive, but obviously doesnt want to cooperate.

I know I can get it done, by someone else, and fight him in small claims, or take proof, and win or maybe get him to pay me.
My idea is to offer him $$, for the cost of his employee to open it up and actually show me.
so if took 3-5 hrs, vegas wages maybe 15 $ hr.

first off
1) is he lieing to me, is it head gasket?
2) any other ideas?
3) does my possible proposal of paying for minimal time, in case he is right to open heads reasonable? , Of course if its head gasket I should pay nothing
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Friday, October 16th, 2009 AT 2:17 AM

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Tiny
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Ok there are many unanswered questions and I don't get in the middle of any kind of battle but I will give my opinion on what could be. First off what orings is he talking about? I think it may be a head gasket or a worped head. You have never said how hot this engine got before the gasket replacement. So if this isn't told to the mechanic he may not check the head for worpage (check pic below). So with that it would again blow the gasket once it gets warmed up because the head would distort more as it warms up. So without know what all he did or didn't do it is hard to say what could have really caused the gasket to go again. I won't do head gaskets on an engine with aluminum heads unless I check it for worpage and then have it shaved.


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Friday, October 16th, 2009 AT 10:32 AM
Tiny
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I was hoping I would get an answer, on this.
Is there any way to tell it is not the head gasket?(From the compression test )
Is he trying to brush me off?

It seems to me he is, because I dont know how he says it is not the head gasket?
Or at the least, how is he so sure it is not the gasket ?

I am dont expect u to take my side, What I am asking is, is the mechanic being reasonable, or is he being dismissive?
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Friday, October 16th, 2009 AT 12:31 PM
Tiny
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I would Seek another local shop opinion

compression test must ve showed a problem
a cylinder leak test should reveal if its a rings or valves or even head gasket
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Friday, October 16th, 2009 AT 6:18 PM

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