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Old 02-16-2009, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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head gasket replacement

Hi All,

My son needs a head gasket replacement and I was curious if anyone could give me an idea of the cost. I'm hesitant about doing this one myself, but if the cost is too prohibitive I'll probably tackle it.


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It is going to cost you a very pretty penny. If you do decide to do it yourself the cam is really the only tricky part. It must be put back in... basically 100% correct or you will damage the cam. The "tools" to do it correctly are very expensive if you are not going to use them more than once. You can look at pelicanparts and they have the tools so you can see what they look like. If you are prone creative solutions you can make the tool that locks the cam in positions and marks the orientation and all that.
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Hi All,

My son needs a head gasket replacement and I was curious if anyone could give me an idea of the cost. I'm hesitant about doing this one myself, but if the cost is too prohibitive I'll probably tackle it.


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There is a lot involved.....

Average BMW Dealer will charge about $125.00 an hour.......a qualified BMW/German shop...$80 to $90 an hour....this looks to be at least a 12 hour job.

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My son needs a head gasket replacement and I was curious if anyone could give me an idea of the cost. I'm hesitant about doing this one myself, but if the cost is too prohibitive I'll probably tackle it.


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Where do you live US, UK ??

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i did mine

it is very time consuming
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out of interest how many hours?

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Yes it is time consuming, especially for the do-it-yourself mechanic. I'd strongly recommend the pelican diy at the very least. Picking up a repair manual (bentley, chilton, haynes) will also help. The pelican diy details a way that you don't need the special cam locking tool, however there is a chance of braking the camshafts when removing them without this tool due the pressure from the valve springs. If you feel comfortable with your mechanical ability then go for it. also unless you need to have the head machined then removing the cams isn't an issue. Although most of the time machining is necessary. Good luck.
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