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Old April 26th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Blown Headgasket

Ok first off, ive never made a thread so hopefully i put this in the right place.

I have a automatic 04 accord coupe 4 cyl and about 2 weeks ago it started to heat up, within minutes of driving. i found out it was a blown headgasket from the dealership. They gave me an estimate of around 1700 to fix it. I also had a little gas leak as well.

I might be able to get a nice j35a motor for 500$ with tranny ecu and harness.

Im looking for opinions on what i should do with it. Any input is appreciated

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Old April 26th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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not fix your 4 cyl for 1700
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Old April 26th, 2013, 04:11 PM   #3
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yea i figured thats way to much. should it be more around 1300?
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Old April 26th, 2013, 04:41 PM   #4
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No, but you shoudnt go to a dealership unlesss you want it done like that. dealerships will ALWAYS charge more than local shops, being in CA you should find some shops that can do it for cheaper. Go to a reputable shop and see what they can offer you
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Old April 26th, 2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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alright and just doing a straight swap gonna be way to much?
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Old April 26th, 2013, 04:52 PM   #6
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Old April 26th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #7
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Before all this i replaced the radiator overflow cap then the thermostat and im getting told it could actually be the water pump from a friend. the dealerships can lie to you can they?
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Old April 28th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #8
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Are you losing any coolant or have you seen any coolant in your oil?
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Old April 28th, 2013, 03:34 PM   #9
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Are you losing any coolant or have you seen any coolant in your oil?
Best question in this thread so far.

OP, if you have no idea what this looks like, picture spoiled milk. If you see that, then your head gasket is probably toast.
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Old April 28th, 2013, 11:43 PM   #10
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Im pretty sure it was losing coolant pretty fast, but the weird thing was that the scanner wasnt saying it was the head gasket. i havent driven it within the past 5 days and im finally going to get it check tomorrow from another place saying i think its the water pump. after all this is done i really just want to trade it in for the v6 6 speed =/ i have about 2600$ to work with
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Old April 29th, 2013, 06:37 AM   #11
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No scanner would say it's the head gasket. Pull your dipstick and look at the oil.
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 10:23 PM   #12
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got it confirmed at a second place that its the head gasket along with several other things like the serp belt etc, they had the price to fix everything so its like a brand new car was 3500$.
i contacted the ******* who screwed me over on my first car and gave me that car aswell and he said hes willing to tow it and put 300$ towards fixing it.

debating on just putting myself in a new 2013 frs, an older evo or starting over with a 6-6 accord with lower miles and completly stock.
i have about $2k to run around with.
really just upset at this whole situation. never again am i buying a used car without having it checked out.

on the semi-bright side, i really would love to keep this car and start coming to all the socal accord meets and meeting all you great guys.
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 11:28 PM   #13
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Do the work yourself and pay yourself $3500. Does the fan even kick on?
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 09:29 PM   #14
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haha im nowhere near qualified to do all the stuff thats wrong with it. i think it only kicks on with the heater turned on.
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The cooling fan should come on when the engine is starting to go in the high range of operating temp. That's why your head warped causing your gasket to blow. Needs new motor. Ya if I were you i would dump that and get a 6-6. Since you're in Cali. Swaps are a biotch in the republic of california. That way you could still go to accord meets and smoke all the four cylinder and automatic guys! Take it to carmax and see what they'll give you maybe. Best of luck to you.
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^ true story. This is why MattYu Swap in another J30a5 instead of a J32
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The cooling fan should come on when the engine is starting to go in the high range of operating temp. That's why your head warped causing your gasket to blow. Needs new motor. Ya if I were you i would dump that and get a 6-6. Since you're in Cali. Swaps are a biotch in the republic of california. That way you could still go to accord meets and smoke all the four cylinder and automatic guys! Take it to carmax and see what they'll give you maybe. Best of luck to you.
yea i just looked at carmax and max range, couldnt find any 6-6 accords sadly.
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Search autotrader, cars.com, edmonds, something will come up. It is worth a roadtrip to get one.
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^ true story. This is why mattyu swap in another j30a5 instead of a j32

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Old May 6th, 2013, 11:58 AM   #20
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ok i just got an un-bias opinion!
got it checked out for free telling the guy that it was just over heating, he checked it out for free and said there is a blown headgasket and its leaking into whatever.
He said hes willing to do it for 1050$ and if i wasnt going to fix it, he would buy it off me haha
Im litterally so excited that im going to be able to keep this car.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 05:18 PM   #21
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Make sure the overheating issue is repaired also. I'm glad you found a good deal.
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