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2004 Nissan Altima Base 4dr Sedan 2.5 Manual

2004 Nissan Altima
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
23 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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March 4, 2013, 10:40 am

Tom M

Question: Head Gasket Replacement

I took my 02 altima 2.5s in for an oil change. Turns out the oil has coolant in it, and my head gasket needs to be replaced. I'm not sure what to expect on cost or if this repair will lead to even more issues. I've asked what additional repairs may be needed in addition to the head gasket and the mechanic won't say until he is looking at it apart.

This of course makes sense, I'm just worried that replacing the head gasket is going to lead to more problems that are not worth fixing. However you won't know until you've paid 1k+ to replace the head gasket.

March 10, 2013, 12:13 pm

Elizabeth K

Once the head gasket is fixed (head checked for crackes, resurfaced, reassembled), there are typically no further problems relating to it. Just make sure you've corrected the reason it overheated to begin with (which is why heads warp).

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