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bcampo1239 04-04-2011 02:19 PM

Blown Header Gaskets
Hey everyone,

I believe I bought a 1997 Dodge RAM 1500 with blown header gaskets. Hopefully the problem isn't any worse than that. I took it to a mechanic he popped the hood and listened for a second and immediately said its blown header gaskets. (It makes a slight ticking noise and seemed to be worse during the cold weather.) I had a friend look and he said its an exhaust leak then the mechanic said its blown header gaskets.

I want to get the problem fixed however want to avoid getting ripped off again.

How much are new header gaskets and typically how much is it for a mechanic to fix?

Thanks for any help or suggestions.

erm 04-04-2011 03:29 PM

Welcome to the forum.

Header gaskets, such as those offered by Summit Racing, run anywhere between $20 to $40 depending on material. Get a good set.

Also, get a set of Stage 8 fasteners. Most gasket blowouts are caused by header bolts backing out and loosening the seal between the header, gasket and exhaust ports. Stage 8 fasteners will not back out until you want to take them out.

This is probably a 3-4 hour job for a qualified mechanic at whatever rate the shop charges.

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