Blown head gasket

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by Mike Morrison, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. Mendel Leisk

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    I've never done nothing remotely close. Maybe sometime.
     
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    It's kinda like sanding brake rotors when you change pads. You give it a clean surface for the pads
    to seat into.
     
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    With all due respect, where is an hour of labor $30?

    Maids charge more per hour
     
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    Labor $30 per hour.
    Ha, ha, ha!

    In my town it is $100 per hour at independent hybrid shop.
    $130 per hour at the dealer.
     
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    They quoted me $145 for an oil change, on the terms that I supply my own oil, filter & gaskets and be traveling 2.5 hours to get there.
     
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    That’s the price you pay for reputation ;).

    I’ll keep plugging away on my own:).

    It saves more of our $$$$$ that way(y).
     
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    That's dismaying; I thought they were good guys??

    Purely an oil change? Way overpriced.
     
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    Don’t forget the area they operate in;).

    I suspect the price they pay for the locale they operate would blow your mind:cool:.

    That’s one reason why I’m 50 miles away from all of that fun and excitement :).

    But I’m sure the oil change would be done right (y).
     
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    I once read that to properly afford a 2 bedroom apartment in San Francisco that you should have, at minimum, a $60/hr job.
    As opposed to my part of the country where it would be $18/hr.
     
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    That might be for a one bedroom these days:cool:.

    I remember my brother who lived in Manhattan at the time was paying $1800 a month for a studio apartment that had a Murphy bed:eek:.

    San Francisco is on par or worse in that regard for cost of living:(.

    Due to that fact (and there aren’t enough super high paying jobs out here) we live inland and morning commute is challenging if I leave after 5:30 am. Later than that and I’m slugging it out and adding at least 20-30 minutes to my commute;).

    But there are plenty of other reasons to live out here(y).
     
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    Yes straight up oil change. I thought instead of donuts and coffee in the waiting room, itll be caviar and kimbucha :LOL:
     
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    Once the Obama train is complete, I’ll move to SF and commute to SD.

    I heard earth will cease in 12 years if we don’t convert to 100% renewable energy, said the New Green Deal that’s ready to be implemented.
     
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    Nicely put.
     
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    What is the point of using a Gen 4 engine? Especially if you use a Gen3 head and if you use the old Gen3 EGR cooler and intake?
     
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    You can use the gen 4 head, just for the record. Going that route, you simply freespan the (3rd gen) EGR from the intake manifold to exhaust. Watch @Ragingfit 's videos for more info.

    The main advantages: many more low-miles 4th gen engines are available, and at lower cost. And you get pistons/rings that are likely less prone to start the engine oil-burning, down the road.
     
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    The Gen 3 head was never the issue to begin with, at least not on my engine. The clogged EGR cooler leading to increased cylinder temps was.

    Reusing the Gen 3 head makes the swap a plug-and-play change over. It gives the added piece of mind that the head gasket is secure as well. A few extra dollars well spent in my opinion.
     
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    The big coolant pipe exiting the engine on the driver's side is part of the head, IIRC? That required some plumbing mods by @Ragingfit. If it's in the head you dodge that issue?
     
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    @Ragingfit muses a bit, about using 4th gen exhaust manifold (which came with his salvage engine. If you could somehow swing that, and use the 4th gen throttle body and intake manifold (and air filter box, and so on), then you could use the 4th Gen EGR system.

    I think that would be the holy grail. Would that somehow be physically possible and practical, and doable, with a welding shop mod'ing the exhaust system?

     
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    Yes, that’s the issue that you dodge reusing the Gen 3 head.

    I did get my software update done today. I had to delete and re-pair my phone to the radio, but I have a gain of .3 indicated MPG so far. But it’s just one trip across town. I do notice it’s more likely to go to electric mode now.
     
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