Replace Head or Replace Engine?

Asked by Jan 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM about the 1997 Toyota 4Runner 4 Dr SR5 SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Oil in radiator, told head gasket is bad. Question is replace gasket ($$) or replace engine from parts yard?

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The devil you know is better than the one you don't. So if your current engine has low to average mileage then fix it, if it has high mileage then get an engine from a yard that can guarantee it is good, you may want to replace the rod and mains on the used engine before you put it in.

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