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How long to replace head gasket and what sholud be in HG set ? watch

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    9 months ago I paid £950 to a garage to replace HG, later found out they only replaced water pump.
    Went back to same garage a few days ago after a chemical test revealed bad HG. I was hoping they would offer a solution but they didn't.

    My friend who is a qualified master technician said he can do it for £400 all in, parts and labour. (but said I have to pay additional £30 or so for H skim )
    I asked his if he would replace valve stem oil seals but he said no because my car does not smoke at all and doesn't need them replaced and he said replacing VSOS is an involved job in itself.

    I just wondered, what should come in a HG set and how long should it take approx. to replace a head gasket on my car ?

    Car is a 2006 mk2 focus 1.8 TDCI Sport


    2 minute job.

    Open the bonnet,
    Take off the oil filler cap,
    Screw a new car in underneath.
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