1999 Volkswagen Beetle Possible blown headgasket

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JOHN MCATEER
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  • 1999 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 10,751 MILES
I have a 99 Beetle 2.0 non-turbo, it's blowing exhaust fumes out the water coolant reserve holding tank, plus overheating. I believe it has a blown head gasket or a cracked head. My son drove the vehicle when it was low on coolant and it overheated. What should the cost be for a garage to replace the head gasket? Or if it needs a new head? About what should the cost be. I do not want to get ripped off. How many labor hours are involved. I may can do the job myself. I'm a pretty good shade tree'r.

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 AT 4:16 PM

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If it overheated chances are the gasket is bad and the head needs to be remachined if it warped.

I do not know what a machine shop would charge in your area for that, it will be about 5-6 hours labor for the headgasket replace.
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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 AT 7:22 PM

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