I don't see were it will cause any more stress on the lower engine, all you would be having done is replacing the head gasket and having the heads checked for worpage and cracks. The only other thing I would suggest is, if you have the work done, would be to have the timing components replaced along with the water pump.
I have done many head gaskets on vehicles with over 200k on them and they are still going strong exept for your normal service and repairs.
Four of which were done about 2 - 3 years ago.
I would also call around and get a few more estimates. And make sure they include replacing timing components and water pump. Most places will check the heads for defects but you can ask about that also.
Then you will need to decide if it would be worth it.
Question: how bad is the leak? If it is just a small leak and you not sure about the repair go to your local auto part store and ask about a head gasket sealer that you just add to your coolant. That would be a quick temp fix till you decide.
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 AT 5:05 PM