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hello ... my wife owns a 2001 intrepid...yesterday the car overheated and was towed to the garage...the mechanic inspected it and told her that the head gasket blew and says there's coolant all thru the motor...he tells her it's fixable but the seals on the cam may go next...is it possible to flush the motor to rid of all the coolant or am i buying a new motor...the car is in awesome shape with no rust but don't really want to dump a pile of cash into it if it can be avoided...thx to any responses...i greatly appreciate it
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Was a compression test done? Your mechanic may be mistaken of he didn't do one before diagnosing. Head gasket failure on these are rare. A blown oil cooler in the rad is more common and a lot easier to fix.
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How many miles on the car? Which motor do you have?

Most of the time, the head gaskets can be changed and the engine put back together just fine with an oil change shortly there after to do the 'flush'. While the heads are off the car, the cam seals will be exposed for changing - and any reputable shop will do that work while they are in there doing the head gaskets. There are o-ring seals (or the replacement paper type gaskets) at the rear, and then cam seals at the front that are like any other seal. It is a bit of an involved job to replace the head gaskets, but no reason that the engine should be dead unless it was driven long while overheated.

Also - be ready for a possible continuation of overheating - the head gaskets aren't too terribly known to go bad with out external reasons - like you got an air bubble in the coolant because of a bad radiator or coolant tank or cap or what ever... Or you might have a bad radiator cap not holding pressure causing an overheat...
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Was a compression test done? Your mechanic may be mistaken of he didn't do one before diagnosing. Head gasket failure on these are rare. A blown oil cooler in the rad is more common and a lot easier to fix.
Very good point there.
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I got into the same boat a few weeks ago....see this thread> time to stick a fork in it?
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sorry fellas, wife just informed me that it's not the cam shaft bearing but the crank shaft bearing...sorry for the confusion..and i really appreciate all the feed back...thx a million
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it's hard to find all the info when i'm 1500kms away at work..lol
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Did she tell you which bearing? Or why the shop said it was bad?

If it is truly a crank bearing, like a rod bearing gone out, yea, it will take more than a simple head job...
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If it is in fact a bearing you are looking at $2k easy. Might be time to look for another car. I enjoy keeping these cars on the road but you also got to know when to call it a day. How many miles are are this? How is the suspension? The body still good? I know here in Iowa after 10 years its all downhill fast.
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