Having a blown head gasket replaced is not the cheapest mechanical repair on a car given it requires the mechanic to disassemble the top half of the engine to access the gasket and cylinder head. Grease Monkey Garage in Cheddar specialise in head gasket replacements and our prices start at just £195 although prices vary considerably based on the make and model of your car.
Your head gasket is fitted between the engine block and cylinder head of your car and is, therefore, a very important part of your engine. The head gasket is a seal placed between the cylinder head and engine block to prevent leaks. Clearly a head gasket will only perform its purpose when it is completing the seal between these two parts without any leaks. If your head gasket fails it could be catastrophic in terms of your engine and may even require a rebuild. Therefore it is essential that if you suspect annoying is untoward that you get this checked out as early as possible. A head gasket replacement is much cheaper than an engine rebuild.
A head gasket can, of course, be replaced. But this is not a job for the fainthearted and a skilled mechanic is highly recommended. Because the top half of the engine needs to be disassembled, some of the parts that need to be removed as part of the process will need to be replaced and this is one reason why prices for a new head gasket vary from car to car. As a matter of course and for your peace of mind we always arrange for the head to be skimmed before replacing the head gasket.
So how do you recognise if your car may have a head gasket issue? Well, there are no hard and fast rules, however a head gasket will normally fail when engine temperatures are too high, perhaps above 120 degrees, and this can be a result of insufficient coolant within the engine. This may be a maintenance issue or as a result of a leak, perhaps a pipe, the water pump and so on. A skilled mechanic should investigate these issues on your behalf.
In terms of clues that you may have a pending issue with your head gasket includes but is not limited to; a white milky residue in the oil filler cap, a high temperature on your dashboard readout after a few seconds of running, your engine oil is thicker than normal (this can be seen via your dipstick), bubbles are seen rising when you remove the radiator cap, a loss of compression or an engine misfire.
If you need something else sorted whilst your car is in for a replacement head gasket, perhaps an oil change, interim, or major service or another type of mechanical repair such as brakes, steering, suspension, clutch etc., then you need look no further than Grease Monkey Garage in Cheddar because we offer a complete range of mechanical services for cars and light vans. We think you will find our friendly service and quality explains why we continue to enjoy the patronage of customers from all over the local area including, but not limited to; Cheddar, Shipham, Wrington, Axbridge, Blagdon, Winscombe, Churchill, Langford, Weston Super Mare, Bleadon, Locking Hutton, Banwell, Sanford, Congresbury, Yatton, Nailsea, Cleave and Kewstoke. Ask about our free recovery service within 15 miles of Cheddar.
We provide vehicle servicing for the vast majority of mainstream petrol and diesel engine vehicles as well as light vans. Our interim car service starts from just £99 including parts! You can request a quotation for the cost of your tyres or any other service using our online form: Quote Me!
We have invested in the tools and equipment to allow us to complete any works undertaken in an efficient and competent manner. Whether you require a puncture repairs, a single tyre or a complete set as well as wheel alignment we can complete the lot and at prices that will have you smiling!
We offer a replacement head gasket and head skim for everything from the family car through to 4x4’s and fleet vehicles.
We appreciate that the terminology used by different manufacturers to describe their vehicle service schedules can be a touch confusing. Our aim is to steer you in the right direction. Most manufacturer will provide a schedule for each type of service and we would recommend that you keep to these schedules, even in your vehicle is out of warranty. Failing which we would recommend a service every 12,000 miles or 12 months to improve your chances of trouble-free motoring.
Services are invariably described using the following language:
The latter will involve following the manufacturers schedule and specification in terms of service and parts. This type of service is essential if your vehicle is within the manufacturer’s warranty period.
But don’t worry, we will go through the various options available to you based on your needs, those of the vehicle, any specific manufacturer requirements and, of course, your budget. We can also offer a brake fluid service, air conditioning service and scheduled cambelt changes.
Even if you keep to the manufacturers recommendations vehicle parts will inevitably require maintenance, repair or replacement. After all, nothing lasts forever and here a Grease Monkey Garage we can deal with these issues on your behalf. Sometimes it may only require a little tweaking or adjustment but whatever the issue we can, following your instruction, get on with resolving the issue.
For smaller jobs we offer a 'Drop 's Go' service where you can leave your vehicle with us in the morning and collect it on your way home. Alternatively, subject to availability, we can provide a courtesy car for the duration of your repair.
Our servicing, repairs and replacements are not limited to the following but, these are the most common areas where our expertise is sought.
Our range or repair services also includes: Engine & Gearbox rebuilds, alternators, water pumps, starters etc.
The key to reliable motoring is a good maintenance regime and dealing with issues before they become expensive. All vehicles are subject to wear and tear and an MOT only covers the legal minimum standard for the road and, inevitably, it does not cover everything on your vehicle. Early, pre-emptive repairs can often prevent much larger expenses later or a complete failure. Whether you have a family vehicle, business vehicle or operate a fleet, we will be more than happy to maintain your vehicle or vehicles.
We can complete any of the following;
We can complete retrofits on most mechanical or electrical parts. Let us know what you need
For fleet operators we can, subject to negotiations, keep a selection of routine maintenance parts 'on the shelf' such as mirrors, bulbs, batteries etc.