Close
Customer NoticeMany of our garages remain open in these difficult times, supporting essential travel. If you have any maintenance requirements please add your job to the site and you will be contacted by garages or offered an option to use our concierge service. We are here to help.

Get Quotes for Head Gasket Repair

Compare, Book, Repair. Save.
Price Guarantee
Our price match promise
Best Local Garages
'Excellent' - 4.5/5 Trustpilot
Save £131.61
Average driver saving

Find Local Head Gasket Repair and Replacement at Competitive Rates with Who Can Fix My Car.

Reduced performance? Overheating engine? You may have a blown head-gasket on your hands.

WhoCanFixMyCar has a network of thousands of garages across the UK, with trained head gasket specialists on hand to repair or replace the component for you at a competitive price.

To access tons of instant prices to book in for high-quality service at a local garage, enter your registration and get quotes sent straight to your inbox now! 

Top garages for Head Gasket (11,866 found)
Opulent Automotive
2 Job Completed
Rochford
5.0 / 5

Mobile vehicle technician, specialist in diagnostics, electrics, fault finding. Master tech trained across 3 brands. Mainly specialising in VAG group vehicles, Bentley, Audi, Honda, BMW, Mercedes

Integrated Auto Solutions
453 Jobs Completed
Denton
4.9 / 5

Integrated Auto Solutions are a local independent garage based in Manchester. We are a newly formed company who have been established a little over a year, and we are going from strength to strength. We are looking to expand our client base and are eager to help customers get their vehicles road worthy ASAP. We can undertake all forms of mechanical repairs, maintenance work and servicing, with no job being too big or too small. Our team of 4 technicians have all been chosen specifically for their area of expertise, and have many years of experience working on all makes and models of vehicles.

We can offer a recovery service to customers with non-starters, and some smaller jobs can be done mobile too as we have a fully equipped mobile unit too.

Genisis Autos
498 Jobs Completed
liverpool
4.3 / 5

.

DS & SON LIMITED
589 Jobs Completed
Stretford
4.4 / 5

...DS & Son Ltd, is a family run business, based in Stretford and we cover all Manchester and the surrounding areas for Recovery, Breakdown and Garage service.

We work alongside most of the insurance companies and will bet any quote, best price guaranteed.

You can rest assure your vehicle is in safe hands.

So give us a call

Ej servicing & repair ltd
22 Jobs Completed
Glasgow
4.3 / 5

We are a garage based in the Ruchill area of glasgow but we also offer a mobile service that covers glasgow and beyond.

We specialise in all types of vehicle repairs Servicing and mots

we also offer a pick up and drop off service for those jobs that can't be done at the roadside

The Westbury Garage
752 Jobs Completed
London
4.7 / 5

For all your servicing needs

Endless Performance
53 Jobs Completed
Scunthorpe
5.0 / 5

We specialise in the Volkswagen Audi group vehicles, having access to dealer level technical information & special tools we can carry out almost any job the dealer can offer.

We also specialise in diesel and petrol remapping for better performance, reliability and of course better fuel economy on turbo diesel vehicles.

We have an in-house auto electronics specialist, a Volkswagen master technician and use above dealer level diagnostic equipment.

S & J REPAIRS
144 Jobs Completed
Stockport
4.6 / 5

We are a family friendly company which was established in 2014 we specialise in service work, MOTs and clutches. We will undertake any work what is required.

RH Autos
144 Jobs Completed
Grantham
5.0 / 5

Here at RH Autos we have 28 years experience in the motor trade. I am IMO Registered and have worked on the majority of makes and models of cars.

Based in Grantham and covering the surrounding areas, we aim to carry out any work required at a time and place that suits you. I pride myself on the quality of my work and I always strive to carry out the highest level of customer service.

London Autocare LTD
179 Jobs Completed
Sutton
4.7 / 5

Ower 10 years experience
Accident Repairs
Engine rebuilds
Clutches
Gearbox reconditioning
Brakes
Services
ECU Remapp and programming
Tyres

QCD Autocentre
329 Jobs Completed
Milton Keynes
4.3 / 5

PROVIDING STRAIGHTFORWARD QUALITY AUTOMOTIVE CARE

QCD Autocentres has been established to offer customers quality workmanship, cost-effective solutions and delivery on-time. With our first branch opening in Milton Keynes, our mission is to deliver a new level of transparent service and experience for customers not usually familiar to the vehicle repair and maintenance industry.

All our workshops are fully equipped with the latest tools and hi-tech equipment, so vehicles are maintained to exacting manufacturer standards. We believe in providing customers with cost-effective automotive solutions and complete service transparency.

We invest in the latest technologies to bring you a high-level of service. Our offering includes convenient hassle-free online bookings for MOTs, vehicle servicing and easy to use ordering system for tyres.

Our workshop is equipped with the latest tools and hi-tech equipment, so vehicles are maintained to exacting manufacturer standards. We believe in providing customers with cost-effective automotive solutions and complete service transparency.

Andrew Hilton - MOT Tester / Mechanic / Brake Specialist
38 Jobs Completed
Chester
5.0 / 5

Qualified Vehicle Technician and MOT Tester with over 20 years experience in main dealer and independent garages. We specialise in brake disc skimming & brake repair.
Servicing & repairs on all makes of vehicles.
We look forward to welcoming you and your vehicle soon.

Automotiv Ltd
182 Jobs Completed
Long Hyde Rd, South Littleton, nr Evesham
4.9 / 5

PROUD WINNER OF THE 2018
GOLD CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND
WORCESTERSHIRE TOP ACHIEVER AWARDS
NEW FOR 2019.
WINNER OF THE WORCESTERSHIRES CAMBELT AND BRAKE SPECIALISTS AWARDS.

I am an independent semi Mobile Mechanic with over 30 years experience covering the Worcestershire area! Save the hassle of going to a garage and let me come to you for all your repairs and services.

I am here to offer you quality prices at competitive rates! If your car requires additional work I can provide you with a courtesy car giving you the option to still get around. The parts used are at trade prices saving you even more money.

My hours are evening and weekends.

SMS Motors
1227 Jobs Completed
Horton
4.7 / 5

SMS Autocare is dedicated to quality and value for money with the services we provide. We can offer full diagnostic testing, MOT and Service, mechanical repairs and much more.

Our experienced mechanics have various RMI/ATA accreditations and are always on hand to provide the help and advice that you need to get your vehicle back to full health. We have valuable links within the motor trade industry and aim to provide good value for money on all products and services.

SMS Autocare are proud members of the Retail Motor Industry Federation and the Trust My Garage scheme. All work comes with a 12 month / 12,000 mile parts and labour guarantee and we offer our customers a FREE collection and delivery service within 15 miles.

Rivus Fleet Solutions- Northampton
61 Jobs Completed
Northampton
4.8 / 5

Rivus, formerly known as BT Fleet, is the UK’s largest fleet management company with a network of fully-accredited and manufacturer-approved garages throughout the UK. Our garages are responsible for working on some of the largest fleets in the country – and they’re open to you too. Our qualified technicians have the skills and equipment to do whatever is needed to keep your vehicle moving, including servicing, maintenance, repairs and MOTs. We have a have a long history of providing award-winning services at the most competitive prices, together with network of trusted suppliers so your vehicle will only be fitted with parts of highest quality. We’re ready to help you.

Show More Garages
Get Quotes for Head Gasket Repair
Frequently asked questions
+

What is a Head Gasket?

The Head Gasket is the gasket (thin sheet of metal creating a perfect seal) that sits between the engine block and the cylinder head (the section of the engine which fits over the cylinders).
+

What is a 'blown' Head Gasket?

A blown Head Gasket means that the seal between the cylinders and the other parts of the engine (most commonly the cooling system) has been broken. This can lead to rough running and, moer significantly, overheating, which can cause significant engine damage.
+

What are blown Head Gasket symptoms?

If the car is overheating, running poorly, allowing exhaust gases into the radiator (which may cause a bubbling sound) or has a white 'mayonnaise-like' gunk on the underside of the oil filler cap, it is likely that the Head Gasket has blown.
+

Will a Head Gasket 'sealer' work?

There are products on the market to seal a blown head gasket but we don't recommend them. They may provide a temporary fix but can block your cooling system, thus causing further damage.
+

How much does Head Gasket repair cost?

The Head Gasket itself is a cheap part (usually under £50), but there is a lot of labour involved in dismantling, changing and reassembling. You can expect to pay a minimum of 350, rising depending on the complexity and layout of your car's engine.
+

Can you drive with a blown head gasket?

If you must drive with a blown head gasket you technically can, however by no means does this mean you actually should. A blown head gasket can cause all sorts of problems especially an overheated engine and coolant mixing with oil which can seriously damage the engines components such as the camshaft and the bearings.
+

How to know if my head gasket is blown

This is a diagnosis that may require some time. Indicators include 1) An oil or coolant leak at the seam between the engine block and the cylinder. 2) Cylinder misfire or misfire on start up accompanied by a puff of white exhaust smoke. 3) Over heating (can be rather subtle). 4) The mixing of coolant and oil which will present itself as a creamy milky texture.

Average rating for  Head Gasket  bookings

4.54

376 reviews

Head Gasket Repair Cost

The cost of a Head Gasket repair will vary between £450-£650 depending on what car you drive due to differences in labour time and parts needed. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar.com for some of the top car makes


Head Gasket Cost by Car Make
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Vauxhall£572.25
BMW£662.39
Ford£578.16
Peugeot£559.42
MINI£627.60
Citroen£598.71
Renault£577.60
Volkswagen£518.40
Mercedes£652.47
Audi£586.90
Nissan£652.82

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 28/06/2020 and 26/09/2020.

What is a Head Gasket?

A head gasket is effectively a seal which is essential for maintaining the temperature and integrity of a car’s engine. It is partly responsible for sealing pressure within the engine, as well as the distribution of oil and coolant.

Every time you turn on your engine the head gasket has to operate within very high temperatures and pressures, which is exactly what it is designed to do. The engine of your car needs to be cooled constantly, as it relies on combustion for power and is the core component in performing this job.

If the head gasket is damaged, the engine will quickly overheat, and serious damage will be caused. Overheating in the engine of your car will lead to a loss of compression, the mixing of oil, water, coolant as well as a reduction in lubrication.

It is a very complex piece of equipment. Therefore, a variety of materials are needed to build it. It has to be able to withstand and function normally at extreme temperatures and pressure, it also needs to be resistant to all of the chemicals and oils which rush around your car engine. As a result, each head gasket from one car to the next is different as the demands of each engine are unique.

Unfortunately, if you need a head gasket repairing, it will be on the expensive side. However, if you follow the advice below you can learn how to recognise problems with your gasket before something serious happens and the repair becomes more costly.



Signs of a Blown Head Gasket which needs Replacing or Repairing

·        Overheating engine

·        Your temperature gauge is higher than usual

·        White milky oil

·        White smoke from the exhaust pipe

·        Significant loss of coolant with no visible leaks

·        There is coolant or oil on the head of the spark plugs

·        You remove the cap from your car radiator and see bubbles of air rising

·        Your car is chugging or suffers a loss of power

·        There is oil in the water of the cooling system


There are other signs to look out for, but unless you are a trained mechanic it will be difficult to spot them. This is why it’s so important that you have your car checked if you suspect there is an issue.

As mentioned above, if a head gasket blows, it can be a costly repair for you as a huge increase in temperature throughout the engine could very easily cause a range of other issues.

If you need a head gasket repair or if you think you might have an issue with the unit, it is vital that you pay attention to the issue, if you ignore the signs above and the gasket blows while you are driving this could cause serious threat to your safety.

 

 

Head Gasket Cost of Replacement

A blown head gasket repair can be quite costly for any driver, no matter what car you drive. There is no easy fix and so you will need to get an experienced mechanic to take a look.

The scale does vary for a repair when looking at different car makes. For a Mercedes, the repair cost is over £700 on average, whereas for a Fiat the price is around £355 on average.



Get Your Head Gasket Repaired or Replaced with Who Can Fix My Car

Finding a mechanic that you can trust to do a good job and charge a fair price, is not always easy. Our site simplifies the process by offering a comparison page that displays prices and reviews from local garages and mobile mechanics.


To locate trusted head gasket repair near you:

Enter your car registration number in our job post form

Tell us a few details about your car and your repair requirements

We’ll send you instant prices from mechanics and garages in your area

Compare the quotes and reviews from previous customers to find the best head gasket repair deal near you, before booking the service with a specialist garage online. 

What do our customers say about us?