But those are expensive. And that is all my knowledge on them.
@ Ump89, no they really are not. Is 8 hours worth 160 dollars?
@Barry Dylan, omfg I feel stupid as hell. I was thinking of (by Google search) Cylinder Head Gasket? The one in the engine that can break and leak oil n stuff. Not the piece of rubber around the engine. That thing is cheap as hell and takes 15m to put on.
@ Ump89, I’ve been told anytime you have to bust components open in the engine compartment, always replace the gaskets while you are there
@ Ump89, yeah it is in the engine and a head job is a high labor component. Anywhere from 6-20 hours regularly.
@Barry Dylan, 6-20 hours for the piece of plastic lining the engine...? All you do is take the old one out, clean the rim off, place the new one in..
How does it supposedly take up to a max 20 hours?
@ Ump89, that is what a head gasket takes.
@ Ump89, bc of all the other shjt you have to take off just to get the heads off. Put head gaskets on a Northstar engine and then get back to me
@Richard Cypher, ALWAYS. REPLACE. THE. GASKETS. Regardless of what it is you're working on. Doesn't even have to be a car. If it has a gasket or o-ring and you took it apart, replace the seals.
@Not him again, I did oil change and gasket swap and it was like 30m on my Celica
@ Ump89, yeah maybe the drain plug gasket.
edit: and looking at your other comment about replacing a "plastic gasket" makes me think you have no idea what a head gasket is considering they are all made of metal
@Barry Dylan, as soon as he/she said "plastic lining", I'm relatively sure they have no idea what a head gasket is
@Not him again, I'm getting conflicting information from both of you so don't make me out to be an idiot ... Google "Celica head gasket" and the gasket that outlines the engine is the thing I am speaking about, and have been speaking about. You're not understanding what I'm speaking of, as you just said "oh haha plastic" as you edited it, yes. That is what I've been speaking about. I asked Barry for clarification also, "You're saying that plastic lining thing takes 6-20 hours??? No way" because the head gasket (the metal piece) for my car was like $1000, if I had to replace it if it had cracked but he said that they are cheap. When I googled "head gasket" for my car, I got a picture of the set thing which contains the plastic bit that connects the engine block with the cover... Sorry that my knowledge differs from your own, but you don't need to be rude about it.
@Not him again, the piece I was referencing was the Valve Cover Gasket because there are 20 gaskets, and I thought there was only the two different gaskets, but there are many more than the two I knew I about.
@ Ump89, You get it, the engine block has cylinder heads that sit on it. Normally when you tear down a head it is to replace them. However it is easier to spend the money than it is to redo the job. The valve cover gasket sits on top of the cylinder head and even in extreme case like the Cadillac Northstar motor, it only takes up to 4 hours. You weren't that far off it was just about what side of the cylinder head you are on.
@ Ump89, yeah valve cover gasket and head gasket are 2 totally different things. A good way to remember is the gasket will be called as to whatever the part is that it is sealing to the larger part. So since the heads mount to the block, it's a head gasket, and the valve cover mounts to the heads, valve cover gasket. Wasn't trying to be rude, just trying to educate
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@Z0IDBERG, you gave me an option and I took the path less travelled
@Z0IDBERG, I see what you did there
@Z0IDBERG, it must be balanced!
It really depends on the head gasket. I’d be more concerned on the head bolts to be honest
You’re only hurting yourself in the long run
@carguy25, me and Barry Dylan need some backup here. I mean we don't actually, I just figured you'd like to weigh in on this as well