Smyrna/Nashville area - I need some help
Looking for someone who might be able to come out and give their opinion on whether the 4.0 in my girlfriend's 2002 Grand Cherokee is toast or not.
I really don't have a clue what I am doing.
She doesn't want to dump a lot of money into this jeep because it has 189k miles on it, but she doesn't have money for a new car right now either.
She had a heater core leak for a over year, but it was minor (floorboard always dry, only smell and film on windshield). About 3 - 4 weeks ago either the leak got worse or she had not checked the coolant in a while and the jeep overheated. She was only about a mile or two down the road, so she drove it home. We added coolant and let it sit overnight. In the morning her floorboard was soaked.
So we spent some time researching and youtube watching, and changed the heater core and evaporator cores ourselves (not a fun job, but no where near as bad as I thought it would be). Everything seemed good for about a week until she was heading out of Smyrna on 24 and the engine started sputtering. She said the temp gauge was only at 210 until she pulled off the road, then it shot up and the Red temp light came on (smoke blowing behind the vehicle).
Long story short it was determined to be a head gasket. When I pulled the head off there was some water on top of the pistons, and some surface rust on the cylinder walls. I plan on taking the head to be cleaned up and magnifluxed, but I don't know what I am looking at or for with the cylinder walls.
I am also not sure how in the hell I am going to get it all put back together.
If anyone lives in the area, and would be willing to help it would be greatly appreciated.
PS - I have beer!