Thanks for the info.
Lots of good questions there let s review them.
I took my car in for a scheduled tire rotation and oil change at 105,000 miles. The shop told me my head gasket is leaking.
How do they know it was leaking . What were the signs . Have you had white smoke out the tail has it been running hot is there oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil? How do they know?
He also told me that its strange because Toyota's aren't known to have this problem, even at the high mileage mine is at.
Are you the only owner of this car . Has it ever got hot on you . They are correct that it is odd but ONLY if it has not gotten hot and the heads warped. Also . It is possible that there was a defect in the head or head gasket and it was just time to go. There are many variables here. But then I go back to the first . How do they know it was leaking.
My question is, how bad is this? It can be very bad and the car not run
What kind of repair, cost does this usually take? Could be between $1200 to $1800 depending on if you had any valves that were bad or other parts that needed replaced.
How quickly do I need to take care of this? I commute to work every day (hence the high mileage) so I am very concerned. If it is leaking then yes, you need to get it fixed or you will be stranded.
Is this something I should go to the dealership for, or can I go to a local car shop and feel comfortable about the repair? If you don t feel comfortable doing it yourself .I would check around for reputable shops that do this get several estimates and talk to some folks to get some recommendations on places.
My car has never had ANY problems and I have always taken good care of it. Please help! I am sure you have taken great care of it . But no matter how good we do it is still mechanical and things break . Just happens .
So first we need to figure out if it is leaking you can put leak detector in it and test it. Though your local say, Auto Zone or O Reilly s
Monday, September 14th, 2009 AT 9:19 PM