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I recently purchased a 2013 Dart with the 2.0DOHC engine. The head gasket blew on this car and coolant sprayed out all over the drivers side shock tower. I bought this car for my 17 year old daughter to take to college. There is no rust, exterior and interior are in very good condition so not a bad buy for $750. The car has 112,000 miles on it. New tires, brakes and WV inspection. I have done mechanic work all my life and I’m excited about ripping into this car. I must admit I’m a Ford guy and in my book a dodge is a step above a GM. Questions I have, what is a good service manual and where do I purchase it. Second , parts are hard to come by, Advance Auto said the head gasket set timing chain tensioner and guides all have to come from the factory. Where is a good place to get a head if mine is cracked or warped beyond salvaging. I know the man I bought the car off of and it started getting hot but never got enough to boil or blow something. I told him back in the summer it sounded like a head gasket issue. About 3 weeks ago he was coming home and coolant blew out of the engine and the temp gauge shot up. He put it along side the rose and shut it off. Had it towed to his house. The engine starts but is running a little rough and check engine light is on. Haven’t scanned it but I’m assuming miss fires because of the blown head gasket. How likely is 1 the head to be cracked and 2 the block itself to be cracked.
 

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One way to find out tear it apart and have a look. I've done lots of customers vehicles back in the day where 99 percent of the time both we're fine. Just needed a new head gasket and cleaning/ hot tanked. Although I don't ever rule a head gasket issue without a leak down test first. I've seen crazy things where you think for sure it's a head gasket issue but turned out it wasn't.
 

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Hopefully I will get started on taking the head off in the next two weeks. Still working on my garage. I’m pretty sure the head gasket is blown, because there is coolant in the oil. It actually raised the level on the dip stick about half an inch.
 

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Got the head off finally. The number 2 cylinder was definitely steam cleaned. The gasket didn’t look good. Taking the head to a machine shop tomorrow. Going to try and attach pictures.
 

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Couple of questions. I have been told by a Dodge service manager over 11 dealerships and the lead parts man at a Dodge dealership that the timing chain and components should be still good with only 112000 miles. After looking at the timing components I would agree. What are others opinions? Next question, Rock Auto or Dealership parts, which are better. Some of the parts Rock Auto has are Mopar but several bucks cheaper. Some are a company called Ajussa (head bolts) $38 vs $198 for Mopar. Some of the gaskets are Felpro which I know are good.
 

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Just had to do the head on my son's 2016. You can buy a brand new one for less then you can get it rebuilt for, at least here in CA.
Thanks for the info. Mopar wants $587 here for a new head. I’ve got mine sitting at a local machine shop getting pressure tested. Man told me $300 for everything unless it is cracked then it’s junk. Did you put in new guides tensioner and timing chain when you changed the head?
 

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I was going to have the head rebuilt too but it was too warped. Still good for a core though. I was thinking about doing the chain but I'm not. Usually factory chains will last forever.
Years ago I had a 1973 Pontiac lemans that had a 350 with about 100000 that the timing chain stretched enough to cause it to jump time. But years ago if you got 100000 miles out of a car you were lucky.
 

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Years ago I had a 1973 Pontiac lemans that had a 350 with about 100000 that the timing chain stretched enough to cause it to jump time. But years ago if you got 100000 miles out of a car you were lucky.
Years ago I had a 1973 Pontiac lemans that had a 350 with about 100000 that the timing chain stretched enough to cause it to jump time. But years ago if you got 100000 miles out of a car you were lucky.
 

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Folks, I need some help. After having the head pressure tested and .009 milled off to remove warpage, replacing the head gasket, water pump, thermostat intake gaskets, exhaust manifold gasket, throttle body gasket, spark plugs with Autolite iridium’s, dropping the oil pan and cleaning it out, new oil filter, new oil and new coolant. I started the engine and it was missing bad. I scanned the computer and found cylinder 2 miss fire. I pulled all the coils, pulled the number 2 plug did a compression check which revealed 100 psi. I don’t think that too bad, I did not check the other cylinders. I swapped the coils between 1 and 2 started the car still missing. I had cleared the code and let it run to bleed the cooling system. Scanned again and got cylinder 2 miss fire. The blower motor for the hvac quit working and got 2 codes for that and also got a code for the louvers in the front for air over the radiator. It gets better, I drove it about a mile . It didn’t get hot at first then the gauge got up to about 3/4 . The scan tool saw a temp of 235. I pulled the dip stick to discover milky oil. So I guess I really screwed up installing the head, or there is a crack in the block somewhere around number 2 . If you look at the previous photos number 2 cylinder looks like coolant had gotten into that cylinder. I think my best course of action is a used engine here. I paid $750 for the car and the body is rust free. This car was bought for my daughter to take to college so she can commute to a local college. Help and opinions are appreciated
 
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