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I was quoted today for replacing my passenger side head gasket for $1400. I noticed an oil leak on my truck and had it checked out by a local ford dealer. Is that a reasonable price for this job? Also i was wondering if it is a serious problem and if i need to get it replaced right away. It seams to be loosing 2 quarts of oil per 3000 miles. Would it be ok if i keep the oil level up until I can save up the green to replace it?
My truck is an 03 with a 5.4 and 4wd if that has anything to do with the problem.
Sources inform me that oil can collect in the valley area under the intake due to head gaskets, if this sounds like yours, you can suck the oil out of this area to prolong the repair untill time is better, (money or weather.)
oil travels down...are you sure its the head gasket and not the valve cover gasket?
My same thoughts....wouldn't your oil level be RISING because of the coolant mixing in with it? He's right, definitely check the valve cover gasket or even the intake gasket before you let anyone touch your truck. They'll replace your head gasket, then you'll run into the 'might as well get a new intake/valve cover gasket while we're in there' scenario.