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Head gasket, should I be worried ?

Discussion in '3rd Gen 4Runners (1996-2002)' started by Surf4runner, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. Jul 12, 2015 at 8:09 PM
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    Surf4runner

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    Hi, I picked up a 97' V6 3.4 Ltd 2 years ago it now has 372,000Km's I have given it a lot of TLC and it's running great, just spent $$$ having the frame welded where the rust had eaten it ! One or two people are now asking me if the HG has been done yet !! No, I tell them should I be worried that it might "go" at this kind of mileage ??
     
  2. Jul 12, 2015 at 8:29 PM
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    UssMoGn

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    Mine went at 200K. I took good care of the motor too. Id say it might. But if you have 2 options. I tryed to fix mine, but had to pull the motor to get the exhaust off. Since the motor was out i said fuck it and sent it off to get full rebuild and machine(pictures in my build page) But here a few more i didnt post.

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  3. Jul 12, 2015 at 8:34 PM
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    Got her back looking like this :) Did a exhaust Wrap too
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  4. Jul 12, 2015 at 8:37 PM
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    Holy moley ! How much did that cost you to get done ?
     
  5. Jul 12, 2015 at 8:38 PM
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    $2200, about $600-700 for the Rebuild kit, Rest was Labor and Machine.
     
  6. Jul 12, 2015 at 8:41 PM
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    BUT, you can totally pull the motor and just replace the gaskets and reinstall. It actually was not that hard to get to the gaskets, I was learning as i was going, Next time im pulling the motor immediately, I wasted so much time trying to tilt the motor to get the exhaust off.
     

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