I am new to this forum and did read through several threads regarding head gaskets. I used the search function, and if I missed something (highly likely) I welcome a link.
Vehicle in question:
2000 Jeep GC
(2 weeks prior to shutdown)
Engine began consuming coolant. A gallon a week for two weeks
I could hear boiling sound from passenger floor area
Water pump was replaced as well as the fan clutch
Left work and accelerated from a stop sign. Vehicle lost a lot of power and began make very loud noises. It sounded like it was struggling to idle. I drove it to a mechanic (same one who did work listed above) about 1/4 mile away. I was Quoted $2400 to repair burnt valve. I bought a different vehicle and left it there for a month to think about the next step.
Finally this week I went back to my baby (first car I got, only driver aside from pops). They did not do a leak down test, but tested the coolant which they said confirmed a blown head gasket. I want to try and get it down for less so I got it towed and put in my driveway.
I have been searching this forum, other forums as well as anything I can google to determine what is wrong and what needs to be fixed. From what I can gather so far, attempting it myself is too much. I can install an intake, a spoiler and some fog lights; doubtful I can take apart an engine. What would be a fair price to pay someone to do the work? The battery was dead when I got home so I couldn't get the code and I don't know if it would be remembered anyway. They drained the coolant so I need to fill it back up if I wanted to fire it up and get the code again.
Thank you for reading this much. Anything you can offer will be highly appreciated. And if you live in the PHX, AZ area and want to make some side money, hit me up!