Ford Contour – Head Gasket

Ford Contour – auto repair estimate

Year
Make
Model
Engine
Transmission
Mileage
1997
Ford
Contour
4
Auto
125,000
Stated concern/problem:
Customer requests estimate to replace head gasket
Head Gasket
Parts
Description
Net
Aftermarket
MSRP/OEM
1
Head set
244.99
1
Penetrating/lubricating solvent
2.98
1.5
Gallon coolant
14.99
22.49
1
Oil filter
8.20
4.5
Qts. motor oil
2.76
12.42
Total Parts:
291.08
Labor
Description
10.8
Remove and replace head gasket
Total Hours:
10.8
Labor Rate:
80.00
Total Labor Charge:
864.00
Misc
Description
Charge
1
Shop supplies
8.95
Total Miscellaneous Charges:
8.95
Flat Fees
Description
Charge
Total Flat Fees
Auto Repair Estimate Overview:
Total Labor:
864.00
Total Parts:
291.08
Miscellaneous:
8.95
Flat Fees:
Tax (5%, parts only)
14.55
Grand Total:
1178.58
Notes: this estimate does not include diagnostics, which, if required, should not exceed 1.0 hour ($80.00). Given the size of the job further components may be necessary such as, but not limited to: head bolts, drive belts, miscellaneous gaskets, water pump …etc.

See notes regarding higher mileage/older vehicles below…

This estimate assumes a 2.0L 4-cyl flex fuel engine

It is possible to avoid purchasing a “head set,” and get just the necessary gaskets. For example, the head gasket is only $40 and the valve cover gasket is only $20. However, given the age of the vehicle, it may be best to have a complete gasket kit – just in case.

Also, there is a TSB on this model – with aluminum cylinder heads…

WARNING ALUMINUM CYLINDER HEADS ARE HIGHLY POLISHED AND MUST BE HANDLED   WITH EXTREME CARE. AFTER REMOVING THE HEAD BOLTS, WITHDRAW THE HEAD FROM THE   ENGINE COMPARTMENT. USE EXTREME CARE NOTING THAT THE GASKET SURFACE OF THE HEAD   COULD BE DAMAGED ON THE WAY OUT OF THE VEHICLE IF ALLOWED TO HIT AGAINST OTHER   ENGINE COMPONENTS. ONCE REMOVED, PLACE THE HEAD ON A BENCH, GASKET SIDE UP,   USING A PIECE OF CLEAN CARDBOARD ON THE BENCH SURFACE UNDERNEATH. DO NOT SLIDE   THE HEAD GASKET SURFACE ALONG THE BENCHTOP OR DAMAGE WILL OCCUR. NOTE SOME ENGINES REQUIRE A “DE-TORQUING” PROCEDURE OF THE   CYLINDER HEAD BOLTS. CONSULT WITH THE APPROPRIATE MODEL YEAR WORKSHOP MANUAL   FIRST, AS THIS PROCEDURE IS USUALLY DONE ON FOUR-VALVE ENGINES. HOWEVER, ALL   ALUMINUM HEADS ARE PRONE TO WARPAGE DURING REMOVAL IF TAKEN OFF WHEN HOT OR   WARM. THE ENGINE SHOULD BE COOLED SUFFICIENTLY BY THE TIME THE HEADS ARE   ACCESSIBLE DURING TEARDOWN. ALLOW AN ADEQUATE COOL DOWN PERIOD. NOTE IN SOME ENGINE APPLICATIONS, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO “RUBBER   BAND” A FEW OF THE HEAD BOLTS TOGETHER DUE TO TIGHT CLEARANCES OF THE HEAD NEAR   HEATER/AC PLENUMS AND THE BODY COWL. THIS WILL ALLOW THE BOLTS TO CLEAR THE   BLOCK DECK AS THE HEAD IS WITHDRAWN FROM THE VEHICLE.

Place CLEAN shop towels over the cylinder block bores to prevent further   contamination from reaching internal parts and surfaces. If a towel is to be   removed, do it SLOWLY . Debris collected on the towel can fall on the engine if   care is not exercised as it is removed.

Gasket surfaces are machined to near-mirror surface quality. Scratches,   dents, gouges, and other impressions may allow oil, coolant, and compression   gases to leak into other sealed cavities and/or the atmosphere. Surface   imperfections deteriorate the head gasket’s ability to seal effectively.   Contamination on these surfaces will cause leaks from “shimming” the head even   under full head bolt torque. Contamination will also cause marks on the polished   gasket surface, creating a leak path.

A job like this is best left to an experienced technician.

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