96 altima head gasket

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  1. fatmoocow

    fatmoocow bored OT Supporter

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    So my altima has at least a blown head gasket. I'm trying to suck every last mile out of it as I'm currently unemployed. How big a pita is it to do it myself? If I did it would it even be worth it? Got any links to how to's, couldn't find any?

    At this point I have about a 10 mile radius I can drive before it overheats. Any other ideas to keep this thing up and running for as long as possible. I flushed the radiator. Note I've got almost 300k miles in it :hs:
     
  2. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    I had a 95 altima and the head gasket went at around 264k miles (beast of a car I tell you).

    one shop quoted me $2k for it, had a friend recommend a mechanic and he fixed it at his house for $500, took about a week cause he did it after work in his spare time.

    this was about 3 years ago. the car is still running with no issues... I don't own the car anymore, my aunt bought it and she still uses it as a daily driver.

    your call on what you want to do.
     
  3. jim1234664

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    i wouldnt do it yourself unless you knew what you were doing...
     
  4. Anudist

    Anudist Turnin' Jesus on, one lightswitch at a time.

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    Head gaskets really aren't THAT big of a pain in the ass, but it does require a certain knowledge of what TO do as well as what NOT to do. It will take a good portion of the day to do it start to finish for someone who has done it before.

    At the very least, pick up an instruction manual from Checker/Schucks/Autozone/whatever and go over the steps in there. People on forums will have good information for you as well, typically.
     

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