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Old 02-14-2021, 10:29 PM   #11
CosmoTheCat
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I've done warranty head gaskets at under 40k miles before. Stuff happens.
$2900 seems really high, but the shop rate in your area could well be quite a bit higher.

SOHC heads are often done in-car. If they're just doing heads, and not resealing other things, it's faster.
Personally, I pull the engine and reseal everything when I'm doing side work.
Last dealership charged 12 hours for a head gasket job. That's reusing everything but the gaskets, drop exhaust, pull intake off, engine mounts loose, valve covers off, heads off.

I'd want to know how bad they're leaking. Do you smell burning oil? They almost always leak oil for a long while before they *need* to be done.
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