Why does tune up job need a head gasket?

Asked by Oct 27, 2010 at 05:27 PM about the 2006 Toyota Camry Solara

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a Solara with 122,000 miles on it and I have it in for some new belts and it also needs a tune up.  The shop said that in doing the tune up, the head gasket might tear and so they need one on hand in case; the gasket is $100.00.  Why would replacing 6 plugs involve the head gasket??

Thanks, Fred

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You dont. First off 100 dolars for a head gasket is a rip off(There around 30 dollars).second a head gasket is not a part of a tune up. They have to dissasemble a good part of the engine to replace it. Your getting ripped off stay away from that dealership/shop and id report them. There is no need for you to replace the gasket at this time. There just trying to steal money from you. Thanks Robert G

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You have 122000 miles on a 5 year old car. That is some hard driving. New belts is a very vague description , but needing them indicates that might be your first tuneup or when was your last tuneup? If you have a 6 cylinder the back 3 plugs are almost impossible to get to without doing something with the engine. If you are putting 60K a year on your car that is 20 oil changes (once every 15-20 days) and you should have had your service light come on at 75,000 and almost again.

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