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Old 04-17-2003, 12:25 PM   #1
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Unhappy blown HG, pls. help finding mechanic in NJ

My car engine (EJ25 DOHC) developed symptoms of blown HG - periodic overheat, traces of oil in coolant, CEL with 4th cylinder misfire.

Could anyone suggest a shop in NJ (northern / central) that can do HG replacement for a reasonable $. Subaru dealership quoted $2.5k for HG (parts+labor) which is IMHO way out of line (40hrs ?!?!).

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Old 04-17-2003, 12:30 PM   #2
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The only place I can think of is Rallispec.
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Old 04-17-2003, 01:05 PM   #3
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If you post in Tri-State you might get some help. Are you sure that's just for a head gasket and not a complete head replacement?
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Old 04-17-2003, 01:15 PM   #4
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Contacted rallispec already - they responded that they no longer do regular maintanance/repairs :-( due to high demand for performance/tuning work.

The quote from dealership was for HG job, maybe I should try few more places just to make sure. There is always DIY option but it's well beyond what I've done in the past.
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Old 04-17-2003, 02:50 PM   #5
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Subaru dealership quoted $2.5k for HG (parts+labor) which is IMHO way out of line
A new shorblock would cost you less money. 40 hrs is rediculous, you may want to check with other dealers (even if they aren't near you) and compare quotes... if dramatically different call SOA and file a complaint. The torque specs are easily found online and the procedute isn't that bad. Any shmuck-o mechanic can do it, just make sure you torque everything correctly.
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Old 04-17-2003, 03:26 PM   #6
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40hrs was my guess based on $2.5k quote and parts being <$150 (again my guess). I've seen posts suggesting that you have to pull the engine out if it is DOHC to change HG (even if that is not true for someone who is familiar with the procedure it is probably needed for a first time try).
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IIRC you can do the procedure with the engine in the bay but it is much easier to work on once removed.
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