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Anonymous 2012-10-10 18:27:41 No.6941234

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Blown head gasket on a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan.

How easy to replace? I dont post on /o/ often and am not a mechanic.

I read the head itself might get bent when the gasket blows? Any truth to this?

sage 2012-10-10 18:31:02 No.6941247

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yes heads warp but the gasket does not make it happen. only the fool that lets an engine overheat has this problem.
on a car like this, its more cost effective to swap the engine
most of these die from bad trannys, so many good engines can be found!

Gosai_Ijin 2012-10-10 18:31:21 No.6941250

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I assume its a 4cyl if your not talking about which specific head like a V6. Anyways, if the thing overheated real bad when it blew, there's a good chance the head is warped and may need to be resurfaced,shaved, etc to get it flat again so that it will adhere to the new gasket properly. Doubt the bottom end got warped but a competent engine shop should be able to check that as well.
head swap related

Anonymous 2012-10-10 18:31:46 No.6941254
It's not hard if you have time/patience and know how to read a hayne's manual, along with using google.

The head could be warped if the engine got too hot too many times.

How do you know it's blown?

Anonymous 2012-10-10 18:33:32 No.6941264
>2001 Dodge Grand Caravan.

>How easy to replace?
If you have to ask...

>head itself might get bent

Also you don't straighten aluminum (D)OHC heads by machining. It has to be heated and torqued to a plate and cooled and then machine it. Most engine rebuild shops are a joke though. They'll mill it down then your timing is off and you have to get new pulleys/sprockets to get it in time..

Anonymous 2012-10-10 20:28:50 No.6941812
OP HERE: Well see I figure I could try replacing it. I have plenty of spare time as I am currently unemployed. New gasket only costs like $50.

Anonymous 2012-10-10 21:59:43 No.6942439
milkshake/milky coloured liquid in the engine oil can be a diagnosis for blown head gasket

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