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What is a cylinder head?

A cylinder head is that part of the engine that sits on top of the engine block itself which, respectively, presses gasoline fumes and air into the engine's cylinders and then emits exhaust gases again.

So what is the purpose of a cylinder head? Generally, it’s with the cylinder head that the engine's functions start and end. In the cylinder head there are both valves, the camshaft and spark plugs. The camshaft is the shaft that controls whether the valves are open or closed, and it rotates inside the cylinder head to make sure that the right valves take in air or emit gases at the right time.

Damage to a cylinder head can look different, but fortunately it rarely breaks.

Average cost on engine work

Below you can see the cost for general engine work on selected car brands. Book your cylinder head work at the mechanic here:

Make Avg. price Min - max
Audi £ 526 £ 66 - £ 1,534 Get quotes
Citroën £ 516 £ 199 - £ 950 Get quotes
Ford £ 302 £ 63 - £ 848 Get quotes
Peugeot £ 430 £ 63 - £ 960 Get quotes
Renault £ 624 £ 75 - £ 1,274 Get quotes
Seat £ 615 £ 75 - £ 784 Get quotes
Skoda £ 260 £ 75 - £ 707 Get quotes
Toyota £ 115 £ 63 - £ 450 Get quotes
Vauxhall £ 368 £ 69 - £ 895 Get quotes
Volkswagen £ 178 £ 63 - £ 522 Get quotes

The prices are based on all quotes sent via, and may contain errors or vary. Please create a job if you would like detailed quotes for your car.

Need a cylinder head repair?

However, it can be a good idea to get a cylinder head service. If the timing belt breaks, the cylinder head may be damaged. It can also be bent due to high heat. Here, you will need a cylinder head skimming to reface it’s surface. If you are wondering how to skim a cylinder head at home, the answer is simple: You will need special equipment that few people own.

So no matter what, ask the mechanic in the garage, he can tell you what's wrong - including the cylinder head skimming cost - and what the solution is.

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Customer reviews of engine repairs

Excellent customer service. Work carried out to perfection
Mike N.
Mercedes-Benz E-CLASS (2005)
Efficient and price as published
Matthew L.
Opel Insignia (2009)
Very polite and courteous
Michael H.
Suzuki Wagon R+ (2002)