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Is it worth it for a novice mechanic to try to change a blown head gasket on a 98 Chevy Silverado?

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2011-09-13 03:18:27
2011-09-13 03:18:27

Not really, if you don't get the injecters set right you will cause more problems then you all ready have, best bet, replace the motor, you can pick a 5.7liter up at your local Chevy dealer for 1200.00, that will be about what youll spend for this to be fixed if not more but youll be left with your old engine, put in a new one & swap over the manifold & in on easy sweep & put on your water pump & install & your good to go.

AnswerThere is no need to replace the engine. The gasket can be replaced for a lot less than the cost of a new engine($500 vs. $5000 Cdn.)If you have never done this before, take it to a professional. AnswerNO,If you remove your heads to replace the gaskets you will want to have the machined to be square again. Not positive but I think the heads are alum. in that year. Check with a pro. But you will want to have them machined. If you don't you can run into alot of problems later. Answernor a novice mechnic its not a good idea the heads on a 98 vortes are cast iron and will need to be milled and magna fluxed but if you do one you have to do the other so both head will have to be done or your engine will have have promblem with compression and power loss

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