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How long should a head gasket last in the engine of a car before replacing it?

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2015-07-15 19:31:59
2015-07-15 19:31:59

My 1971 chev truck has 319,000 miles on it & the heads have never been off - If U don't overheat the engine & KEEP the oil changed U shouldn't have a head gasket problem.* keep antifreeze & water pump lube in the radiator.

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