Engine Mechanical problem
2005 Pontiac GTO V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 45000 miles
I live in the Los Angeles area and was quoted $1500 for labor and nearly $1500. For parts due to a head gasket failure. My car has been in the dealership for 8 days now and I'm waiting on a valve cover gasket. Very frustrating. My concern is how do I validate everything that was done? I was told the cylinder head had no cracks and was not warped and it went to the machine shop. I was also told that all valves were replaced as well all the spark plugs. I asked for all the old parts back to validate the work was done. I also want the read outs from the tests before and after the work was done. Is there a good checklist to follow to make sure the work was done correctly? I don't have the tools or place to do this kind of work and I'm considering having another mechanic look at it just to validate the work. Is this a good idea?
The only way to validate if you got new valves or not is to physically look at them which everything is covered when you get the car back. Asfar as head gasket replacement you'll have to look carefullyto see if it's there. The restyou won't be able to see. The prices around the U.S. Vary but it sounds about right when you start adding valves. I'm sure there will be sometype of guarantee so just ask them. I wouldn't waste the money for another mechanic to look at it unless you just don't trust the dealer that much.