I have a 1994 Toyota 4-Runner with a (6) cylinder manual 5-Speed transmission and 197,000 miles. This SUV has been meticulously maintained for its life since purchase and I have all the records showing regular oil changes and engine repairs and maintenance. I had the vale cover gaskets replaced about 3 weeks ago and noticed when driving the car a few days later it had a " ticking" sound upon acceleration. The day before I was going to take it in I noticed white smoke coming from the exhaust pipe when I backed into the garage. As this has NEVER been a problem I couldn't figure it out. The next morning while trying to start it I had great difficulty but finally did. When I took it back to the garage that changed the valve cover gaskets they checked it out and said I had a blown head gakset. Could poor valve adjustment from the changing the the gaskets have caused the head gasket to fail? Since this is a $3500 repair I would appreciate I quick reply.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 AT 4:06 PM