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Update for you folks.
So after 3 days of work my Rav's engine was removed and both head gaskets replaced.
Parts for this job including the head gasket and all non-reusable seals, washers, gaskets etc were around $450. Toyota Gen parts of course.
The total cost (parts/labour/tax) for this repair inc taxes was ~$4K CAD. Due to this happening outside warranty (10 months out, 14,000 kms out), but due to my loyalty to Toyota over a 17 year period with 4 different models, Toyota Canada agreed to pay 60% of the cost, about $2400. Out of goodwill, my dealer Frontier Toyota in Winnipeg kicked in $600. So kudos to them! I appreciate their contributions very much as my cost was $1K not $4K. Still hurts but still better than paying $4K out of pocket (if this was the case, I probably would have looked at other options).
The invoice only states "both head gaskets weakened", "replaced both head gaskets". Not much detail there sorry...
I tried to get more $$ out of Toyota Canada based on principle that a head gasket should not blow on a well maintained 5 year 10 month old Toyota (what happened to Toyota reliability?). I was denied based on they felt their contribution was enough based on my situation. Fair enough, they could have told me I was SOL.
So the Rav is back and it smells like burnt coolant. This smell can is detected from the outside and inside of the Rav. No evidence of any leaks. I figure this is residual coolant laying around in the engine bay (which I can see here and there) and it is slowly evaporating away. I can imagine how much coolant must have been sprayed around when they disconnected coolant hoses etc. So hopefully this smell will dissipate through evaporation and it burning off from engine heat.
Also, the morning after we got the Rav back the engine, VSC, and 4wd lights came on. However, in the same day they went off. I borrowed a friend's code reader and got P0019 code which has something to do with camshaft/crankshaft position or VVT sensor. In looking into this on this site, nobody seems to have experienced it, but a chart I found states: 1. Mechanical system (Timing chain has jumped tooth or chain stretched) 2. ECM. That's pretty scary stuff! As I mentioned, the lights have since went off but the code is still stored in the ECM. I am taking the Rav in on Monday so they can at least document the code for their records (so this doesn't come back to bite me in the ass). I was told a master tech, the best guy at this dealership did the work. Hopefully my engine was put back together properly and not off a tooth like the chart says!
So I will ask this to others, if the lights go off and stay off, but the code is stored in the ECM. What does this mean? Does the error still exist or does this mean everything is OK?
If any one has questions about this ordeal, ask away!