1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Head Gasket Problem! Please Help

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by itsjustaliftedXR, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Mar 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    #1
    itsjustaliftedXR

    itsjustaliftedXR [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2009
    Member:
    #26166
    Messages:
    58
    Gender:
    Female
    Long Beach
    Vehicle:
    '11 4Runner Trail
    I'm posting this for a friend that has a 2005 v6 tacoma. It has 146K and last week started having some trouble starting. On cold starts, the rpms would jump up and down and it would almost die. Once it warmed up, it drove pretty close to normal. A few days later, the CEL came on so he took it to the dealer. The code they got was a cylinder 4 misfire and when they opened it up, they said they could see coolant leaking into cylinder 4 and that it was the head gasket. They quoted him $4000 for the job.

    Two questions:

    1. has anyone else had this problem? i'm really surprised by this..
    2. is $4000 a reasonable price for the work? if not, does anyone have recommendations for a shop in the SF Bay Area, California that is reputable and more affordable?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Feb 5, 2012 at 2:33 PM
    #2
    jmg034

    jmg034 New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2012
    Member:
    #72193
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Ruston, LA
    Vehicle:
    05 Toyota Tacoma TRD

    Hey There! I was doing some research on this very issue and came across your post from last year. I too have a 2005 toyota tacoma with 162K and just a couple of months ago, it started doing the same thing at start up. My engine has never overheated and I have never been told there is any water in my oil or vice versa. I had the fuel system cleaned thinking that was the issue, but that didn't help and it continued. Eventually, during one episode at start up, the light came on and I took it in and they said the same thing..a cylinder 4 or 5 misfire. A couple of different mechanics I talked to said it sounded like the head gasket, but it ran and started good for 2 or 3 weeks, but now it's acting up again and my CEL just came on again this morning.

    I also have 2 questions:
    1. What did you end up having to do with your Tacoma last year and what was the cost to have the head gasket replaced?(hopefully less than$4K)
    2. I was considering trying a cheaper option like some of those sealants you pour in our coolant that supposedly fix the leaks in the head gasket (Bar's Leaks, Blue Devil, etc.) Does anyone recommend anything or not?

    Any info on this topic would be most appreciated.
    Thanks, Jay Ruston, LA
    2-5-2012
     
  3. Feb 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM
    #3
    mcdowell

    mcdowell My name is Mudd

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2011
    Member:
    #60429
    Messages:
    2,407
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    mike
    mobile al
    Vehicle:
    2011 prerunner SR5
    2in Toytec leveling kit TSB 4 leafpack 130w KC driving lights Wsetin 3 tab lightbar Black headlights Trex eyelids TRD sport wheels Firestone MT Hood protector Vent visors Tube stepbars Colormatch grille
    $4000 seems extremely high.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM
    #4
    slo13zx3

    slo13zx3 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2010
    Member:
    #47801
    Messages:
    305
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    forest city pa
    Vehicle:
    14 trd off 6speed nav
    for 4000 i will fly out and do the job. i would shop around or look in to a low mile junk yard motor. kill 2 birds with one stone
     
  5. Feb 5, 2012 at 9:59 PM
    #5
    Deltabox

    Deltabox himmie's Other Half

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Member:
    #54062
    Messages:
    53
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nathan
    AZ-WI
    Vehicle:
    04 4runner 4wd
    The 03-04 4runners had an issue with the number 6 cylinder doing that. I have to replace my motor because of it. My suggestion is to find a used 1gr. They are under 3k with less than 50k miles and swap it in.
     
  6. Feb 5, 2012 at 10:02 PM
    #6
    himmie

    himmie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Member:
    #42841
    Messages:
    3,583
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Sarah
    AZ-WI
    Vehicle:
    08 TRD Off Road 4x4
    Visit the Build.
    Also, it has occurred in some 2005 Tacomas. It apparently took Toyota a while to resolve.
     
  7. Feb 5, 2012 at 10:05 PM
    #7
    Deltabox

    Deltabox himmie's Other Half

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Member:
    #54062
    Messages:
    53
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nathan
    AZ-WI
    Vehicle:
    04 4runner 4wd
    There are quite a few people that have contacted Toyota about this issue in attempt to get a recall going. I would suggest doing so. Maybe Toyota will do something about it
     
  8. Feb 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM
    #8
    jmg034

    jmg034 New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2012
    Member:
    #72193
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Ruston, LA
    Vehicle:
    05 Toyota Tacoma TRD
    Follow up, I took my truck in to the Toyota dealership monday morning. It once again registered a misfire again in the 4th cylinder. This time the toyota dealer diagnosed the problem as a faulty ignition coil and said my spark plug was going bad. They replaced the ignition coil and all my spark plugs and so far its cranking better and running well. Total cost to repair was around $375. They didn't seem to think my problem was head gasket related. Looks like I dodged a bullet.
    Thanks for your input.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
    #9
    Deltabox

    Deltabox himmie's Other Half

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Member:
    #54062
    Messages:
    53
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nathan
    AZ-WI
    Vehicle:
    04 4runner 4wd
    Nice. Let us know if anything changes.

    I'm still curious on why the other shop said they could see coolant leaking into the cylinder...hmm....
     
  10. Feb 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM
    #10
    TacoMX

    TacoMX TW's Official anti body-lift pundit

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2011
    Member:
    #62240
    Messages:
    4,834
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jonathan
    Deltona, Florida
    $4000 to do a HG??? :laugh:

    I know several reputable shops that will do it for $800 (more if the head needs machined)
     
  11. Feb 11, 2012 at 1:07 AM
    #11
    Deltabox

    Deltabox himmie's Other Half

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Member:
    #54062
    Messages:
    53
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nathan
    AZ-WI
    Vehicle:
    04 4runner 4wd
    As far as I know, you have to remove the 1gr to gain clearance to do the head gasket. Toyota quotes 25-30 hours.
     
    BamaToy1997 likes this.
  12. Feb 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    #12
    TacoMX

    TacoMX TW's Official anti body-lift pundit

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2011
    Member:
    #62240
    Messages:
    4,834
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jonathan
    Deltona, Florida
    Oh really? Well that blows.

    Thank god for my 4 cylinder! :D
     
  13. Feb 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM
    #13
    Rmesa1

    Rmesa1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Member:
    #72515
    Messages:
    111
    Gender:
    Male
    25 hours is about right but that should include the machine work as well. I have seen head gasket issues on the 1gr but they are not very common
     
  14. Feb 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM
    #14
    Fractured

    Fractured FPS-a-holic

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2011
    Member:
    #69293
    Messages:
    824
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Corey
    NOR*Cal
    Vehicle:
    2012 MGM DCSB 4x4
    TRD wheels, TRD cat back exhaust, ScanGauge 2, Debadged, Avid sliders, UWS bed box w/automatic LED light, Led Interior/Reverse/Lic. Plate lights, Yellow Fogs, Flyzeye Light, Color matched grill, Rearview mirror relocate bracket, Power Sliding rear window, Plasti-dipped bumper/"T" emblem
    That is dirt ass cheap. Probably for a 4 cylinder.
     
  15. Feb 22, 2012 at 7:41 PM
    #15
    JReb

    JReb New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2012
    Member:
    #73407
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    I realize this is an older thread, but I'll share my experience for those researching this topic. I recently purchased a 2005 with 92K, and at 97k began to have the same issues. It started idling rough during a cold start, and the check engine light came on (code PO306 / misfire cyl. #6). I tried changing the plugs first, swapping the coil with cyl. #5, and running a fuel system cleaner. With no luck, I reluctantly took it to the dealer for diagnosis. With a Snap-On micro camera they found a small coolant leak in the head gasket inside cylinder #6. With such low mileage on the truck I was wondering if this may have been a common issue in this year model.
     
  16. Feb 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    #16
    victorye3

    victorye3 Western Alliance-NorCal

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2007
    Member:
    #3398
    Messages:
    101
    Fresno/Tulare, CA
    Vehicle:
    06 PreRunner SR5 TRD Off Road
    I just got my 06 with 120k with the same problem. Its a small leak. Did you use any type of stop leak? Does it work?
     
  17. Feb 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM
    #17
    JReb

    JReb New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2012
    Member:
    #73407
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Didn't bother with stop leak, no sense in prolonging the inevitable. I'm replacing the head gaskets myself, but it's definitely not a job for the novice mechanic and special tools are required. I've spent $500 in parts so far, but that's a drop in the bucket compared to the quote from the dealer.
     
  18. Jun 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM
    #18
    MHDutle

    MHDutle Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35446
    Messages:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Newport, KY
    Vehicle:
    05 Tacoma 4X4 Automatic
    I have an 05 Tacoma DC with 146K. Had the same head gasket diagnosis after the CEL indicated trouble with #4 cylinder. The dealer said it would be between $2200 - $3000. I thought the head gasket was a lifetime item. Has anyone heard from Toyota on this?
     
  19. Jun 26, 2012 at 7:12 AM
    #19
    Rmesa1

    Rmesa1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Member:
    #72515
    Messages:
    111
    Gender:
    Male
    There are no items with a lifetime warranty head gasket is covered 5 years or 60,000 miles which ever comes first
     
  20. Jun 27, 2012 at 4:54 AM
    #20
    MHDutle

    MHDutle Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35446
    Messages:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Newport, KY
    Vehicle:
    05 Tacoma 4X4 Automatic
    Rmesa1 - I understand that it's not a warranted item. Just disappointed that the head gasket, that should last for the lifetime of the vehicle, didn't. The dealer is also talking abut replacing the timing chain (another "lifetime" item) while they're in there.
     
To Top