Original price was: $695.00.Current price is: $650.00.

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We also offer a BRAND NEW cylinder head for this casting that is thicker internally and comes with hardened seats to ensure maximum longevity out of your engine:


CASTINGS # 669 #291 ONLY





Clearwater Cylinder Head, Inc. thoroughly cleans, inspects, and pressure tests all our cylinder heads. All seat and guide work is performed as needed on the lastest state of the art Serdi or Sunnen seat and guide machine. The head then moves on to a Rottlier CBN resurfacing machine where it is cut to the required RMA finish. We then install a quality valve seal and pull a vacuum on each valve to insure there is a perfect seal between the valve and the seat. All machine work performed on the latest state of the art equipment. Head is complete and ready for installation.

Hours of operation Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM EST

SHIPPING INFORMATION: We ship worldwide.
Insurance, packaging, and handling are all included in the shipping price.
International Bidders, when inquiring about shipping fees please include city, country AND POSTAL CODE.

We have no up-front core charge and we give you 30 days to return the core.
We make it easy for you to return your core as we provide you with a prepaid UPS peel and stick return shipping label located with the invoice on the outside of the box behind the plastic. Just put your core head in the box that you received your new/rebuilt head in and attach the prepaid peel and stick label. You may then give the box to any UPS driver you may see, or take the box to any UPS pickup point. We will accept your old cylinder head no matter what is wrong with it as long as it includes all the parts that the new head came with. You will never be charged extra because your old head is damaged. Cracked head? OK! Bent valves? NO PROBLEM! Head taken apart? UNDERSTANDABLE! (as long as you put all of the parts in the box). We have no up-front core charge.

WARRANTY INFORMATION: Clearwater Cylinder Head, Inc. provides a TWO(2) year unlimited mileage warranty. A copy of the warranty card will be enclosed with your invoice.
Clearwater Cylinder Head, Inc.
5100 Ulmerton Road #2
Clearwater, FL 33760 USA
Clearwater Cylinder Head, Inc. is dedicated to quality craftsmanship and is pleased to offer this warranty. We invite you to read this entire document carefully prior to installing your cylinder head.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.
1) Acceptance of this head constitutes acceptance of this warranty.
2) Heat tab must be in place on head, not altered or melted.
3) Any claim must be returned to Clearwater Cylinder Head, Inc. for inspection. A copy of invoice must accompany head. A Return Authorization number must be obtained.
4) Only 1 (one) warranty per purchase.
5) Warranty begins at the date of purchase.
6) No incidental, consequential, punitive or over the road damages.
Parts Warranty only – All original cylinder heads must be returned for warranty.
1) Damage caused by improper installation, accidental over heating, abuse or neglect.
2) Loss of time, use of vehicle, phone calls, inconvenience or consequential charges.
3) Fluids, tow charges, rentals or diagnosis.
4) Repairs made without prior authorization will void all warranties.
5) No warranty on Commercial, Industrial Racing/ Pro stock or Marine Use
If you are not in the United States and you want a shipping quote please include your country and postal/zip code when inquiring.

For 110 years, Chevrolet has been providing their vehicles and pristine reputation for drivers all around the world. As a company, Chevrolet has placed an emphasis on providing customers with quality vehicles at a fair price. Chevrolet has made this mission statement clear through its rebranding of the Chevy Cruze. From 2001 to 2008, General Motors used the name “Cruze” for a separate vehicle in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

After its gradual discontinuation, Chevrolet needed to rebrand and market a different type of Cruze to its drivers. With a focus on reliability and sport, the new Chevy Cruze was able to reach a wider audience in a variety of markets. While the nameplate switch-up may have initially created confusion, it was soon to be forgotten with its enhanced and better replacement.


1st Generation: 2008 to 2014

Fast forward to 2008, the Chevy Cruze was introduced as a four-door compact sedan in international markets. Before it arrived in the U.S. markets, the new Chevy Cruze was introduced in Asia, Europe, and Australia. Through its exposure in these markets, the Chevy Cruze gained enough success and popularity to be introduced into U.S. markets. With the discontinuation of the Chevy Cobalt, the Chevy Cruze arrived in the U.S. at the right time to take its place in the compact car market. By 2011, the Chevy Cruze offered a five-door hatchback body variant and a station wagon in 2012.

The Cruze’s first generation of models provided drivers with a body structure of 65 percent high-strength steel and a larger engine compared to its competitors. It offered a variety of engine options like the 1.6-liter Ecotec I4,1.8-liter Ecotec I4, or 2.0-liter VCDi I4 diesel engine. Drivers could select a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission to pair with their desired engine. At the core, this is where the Chevy Cruze was able to get its fuel efficiency and power. If you want to see how capable the Chevy Cruze can be, check out this YouTube video below to see a comparison of both the first and second generations of Cruze.



2nd Generation: 2016 to 2019

After Chevrolet released the first generation of Cruze models, they began tailoring their vehicle toward a younger demographic. As they introduced an eco-friendly model and tech advancements, the second generation of Chevy Cruze was starting to become more appealing to first-time drivers. Chevy’s statistics showed that 53 percent of Cruze owners were completely new to the car brand (Chevy Pressroom). This inspired Chevy to continue undergoing facelifts for the upcoming models.

On the exterior, the Chevy Cruze was given a sleek-sporty look accompanied by a split grille front. On the interior, the Cruze has technological advancements like SiriusXM satellite radio, voice control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Despite all of its improvements and enhancements, the Chevy Cruze announced its last model year for the 2019 Cruze. If you are interested in the second generation of Chevy Cruze, especially the last model, check out this YouTube video below.


Historical Sales Data

Since hitting the U.S. markets in late 2010, the Chevy Cruze gained immediate success in the sales charts. While the 2010 sales were only for part of the year, the 2011 Chevy Cruze sales totaled 231,732 sales. This number only continued to grow as more models and facelifts were released. At its peak, the Chevy Cruze was reaching sales numbers in the 200,000 for consecutive years. 2014 was the best year in sales as numbers reached 273,060 in U.S. markets. Following 2014, the sales slowly started to dip lower each year until 2018. After announcing the discontinuation of the Chevy Cruze, the 2019 season dropped over 100,000 in sales. Despite its short-lived fame, the Chevy sold 1.7 million Cruze’s in its span from 2010 to 2020 (GMA Authority). Today, the Chevy Cruze legacy still lives on the roads as many drivers continue to drive their original Cruze.



As a company, Chevrolet has been the recipient of countless awards only furthering its impressive reputation. It only speaks to their attentive eye to detail and how they aim to keep their customers satisfied. While the Chevy Cruze only lasted a decade, it managed to rack up a variety of well-standing awards worth mentioning. The Cruze received a variety of awards ranging from safety to performance. Let’s check out the top awards for the Chevy Cruze.


Common Chevy Cruze Problems

Even with a 4.0 out of 5.0 reliability ranking, the Chevy Cruze does have areas where it falls short. While this does vary greatly on the model year, like any vehicle, the Chevy Cruze can develop issues over time. From quality issues to drivability issues, drivers have reported experiencing the following common problems with their Chevy Cruze.

  • Coolant Leaks. One of the most reported and known issues of the 2011 Chevy Cruze is coolant leaks. Drivers reported having an antifreeze odor inside the cabin, white smoke, and engine overheating. This issue managed to rack up a proposed class-action lawsuit against General Motors in 2014. Since General Motors failed to address the public about the numerous coolant leak reports, the lawsuit claimed a breach of warranty. Ultimately, the lawsuit was partially dismissed.
  • Engine Problems. The 2018 Chevy Cruze was reported to have the most engine problems potentially due to a bad alternator, damaged cylinder, blown head gasket, faulty sensors, improper lubrication, or low fuel. Some drivers reported noticing these engine problems once their vehicle started stalling or smoking under the hood. This wasn’t a result of the natural wear and tear of a vehicle. Rather, many of these engine problems occurred within a few months of purchase.
  • Electrical Failure. The 2016 Chevy Cruze redesign brought on some electrical problems for drivers. Drivers reported having issues as minor as a defective radio to more serious cases like illuminated engine lights and vehicle not starting. If your Chevy Cruze is experiencing electrical failure, you can check your battery, relay, alternator, and fuse to see if there are any issues there.
  • Shifting Difficulties. Some Chevy Cruze drivers with a manual transmission have reported difficulties with shifting. This could be a result of the natural wear and tear from changing gears or faulty parts. The models that experienced the most problems with shifting are the 2011-2016 redesigns.

If you are experiencing any of these problems with your Chevy Cruze, we encourage you to visit a licensed mechanic immediately to get an accurate diagnosis. They will be able to find the root of the problem and establish a plan to repair your vehicle. Check out this YouTube video showing some of the common problems with the Chevy Cruze.



Surprising Facts

  1. TRON: Legacy Inspired. At the 2016 Auto China in Beijing, the Chevy Cruze was inspired by the Disney film TRON: Legacy. This model had fluorescent blue lines running across the dark black exterior. On the interior, the blue lines ran through the seats and console area. The vehicle carried its signature icy blue color through the headlights and taillights too. It was the perfect vehicle and design for any driver that wanted to live out their futuristic fantasy. Want to see it for yourself? Check out this video of the TRON: Legacy-inspired Cruze.

  1. 24GB of Free Data. As a way to continue reaching out to their younger demographic, Chevrolet released the 2016 Chevy Cruze with free GBs. This allowed drivers and passengers to access data while in the car to play music, games, or use directions. Once drivers used up all 24GB, they were given the option to extend their plan through the OnStar data plan.
  2. Competed in the 2009 World Touring Car Championship. Following its introduction into the European markets, the Chevy Cruze competed in the WTCC to prove its capability and durability to the public (Chevrolet Pressroom). This idea of real cars in races allowed Chevy to get the name and reputation out for the Cruze before hitting U.S. markets. Below you can watch the maintenance in between races for the Chevy Cruze during the 2009 WTCC.



High Mileage Stories

With regularly scheduled maintenance and proper care, a Chevy Cruze can be expected to last 200,000 to 250,000 miles. As impressive as that range is, some drivers have managed to extend the life of their Chevy Cruze. What better testament to the reliability and longevity of a vehicle than through the impressive stories of drivers who have hit high mileage.

Thomas Files, a mechanic at Chevrolet, writes that he has seen a Cruze with 350,000 miles on it (Quora). That is over 150,000 more miles than the average vehicle! While is it impressive to think of a small compact car reaching 350,000 miles, its lifespan partially comes down to the handler. Watch the YouTube video below to see a review on a high mileage Chevy Cruze.


Driver Reviews

Review by Andrew from Edmunds | 2019 Cruze

“I bought this vehicle expecting great gas mileage and reliability & it delivers both while looking good. I have a small family and we all fit just fine in the 2019 Chevy Cruze, (I’m 6’0) with room to spare. It has a decent get-up and goes for a 4-cylinder as well. I have the LS trim which is sort of like the base model but it has everything I really need at a cheap price. If you’re looking for a good-looking wallet-friendly Chevy simply to go from “Point A to point B”, this is the car for you! And hurry up, because Chevrolet is, unfortunately, discontinuing the Cruze!”

Review by Mutt from Edmunds | 2016 Cruze

“So far, I love the car. I am 6’1″ and have plenty of headroom. At my age, getting in and out is taking some getting used to, especially since I downsized from a minivan. Combined city and highway, I am averaging between 36-38 mpg. That is my figure, the car computer says it’s higher in the mpg than what I have figured. The steering handles well and it is a comfortable ride. Not a fan of the stop/start feature of the motor while at a traffic light, but it does work like a charm.”

Review by Lee1979 from Edmunds | 2014 Cruze

“I have been waiting years for an American car company to make the cut, on a small diesel engine for an American can, Rumors have been permeating for the last 5 years in the diesel truck community for to be an American diesel-powered car that we can afford to take to a shop if it needs repairs in the future because diesel engines last for a very long time and will outlast the transmissions every 300k. You may not be a diesel fan like myself but even still there are many good reasons to go with this car.

– Top-of-the-line tech.

– Great drivability and acceleration.

– less harm to the environment than a gasser.

– Seven hundred plus miles per tank.

– Awesome (real) leather seats”



Buy Replacement Heads at Clearwater Cylinder Head

With over 50,000 happy clients and 25+ years of business, Clearwater Cylinder Head prioritizes customer satisfaction through our top-quality cylinder heads. Just like the high mileage stories, we are all about producing a reliable product that is worth your money. Our employees are dedicated to manufacturing, inspecting, restoring, and replacing cylinder heads on all vehicles. If you are looking for a replacement cylinder head or just an inspection, then Clearwater Cylinder Head is the place to call. Our team is happy to assist you with any questions regarding cylinder head selection.

Please call us to inquire about new cylinder heads for your vehicle by calling us toll-free at 1-800-572-1963. We look forward to serving you!

How to Know If You Need a New Cylinder Head?

Every engine is due for repairs from time to time. Among the most important pieces of most engines is the cylinder head, which, if damaged, can prove increasingly perilous the longer it goes unrepaired. Here are some warning signs and symptoms which may be caused by cylinder head damage.

Weak Engine

Cylinder heads are responsible for containing and directing the internal combustion of an engine’s cylinders, meaning if that ability is hindered, the engine’s efficiency and power may take a hit. This can be seen in lower gas mileage, sluggish acceleration, and difficulty getting up steep inclines.

The Verdict: This is most often among the first signs of a cracked cylinder head, and usually can be repaired if caught in its early stage.

Oil Leakage

Oil is responsible for lubricating the engine’s mechanical parts, including the cylinder head. A cracked cylinder head can cause this to leak, which can be most noticed by a puddle of oil forming on the ground when the vehicle is parked for a long enough time. Such a sign can be a cause for concern, as oil or coolant may also back up into the engine’s internal chambers if the crack is large enough.

The Verdict: Usually, unless oil has backed up into the engine and caused any damage to other parts, a leaking cylinder head can still be repaired and may not require replacement.

Magnaflux Test Cylinder Heads - Clearwater Cylinder HeadCoolant Leakage

Coolant is responsible for cooling the engine, cylinder head, and many other processes. Similarly to oil, a cracked cylinder head can cause coolant to leak. This can be noticed by either a puddle forming beneath the car when parked or an overheating warning lighting up on the vehicle’s dashboard. Coolant can potentially contaminate the oil, and therefore the cylinder head should be repaired as soon as possible.

The Verdict: Unless the coolant has contaminated the oil due to a large enough crack in the cylinder head, at this stage the head can usually be repaired, not replaced.

Engine Misfires

Within an engine’s cylinders, air and gas form a pressurized mixture which explodes upon ignition, creating power. A cracked cylinder head may be unable to create the required atmosphere for proper combustion within those cylinders, leading to failures to combust, or engine misfires. The engine may die repeatedly during use, or fail to start at all.

The Verdict: This is a more severe sign, and usually is indicative of serious damage. It’s always better to take a cylinder head in for repairs or replacement if it starts to show signs of wear, to avoid even higher repair bills when the cylinder head’s failure leads to damages elsewhere in the vehicle.


White smoke coming from the engine can indicate a catastrophic failure of the cylinder head, in which exhaust gases are vented directly into the engine space. This is the last stage of total cylinder head failure, and should be avoided by simply going in for repairs at the first signs of damage.

The Verdict: A cylinder head at this stage must be replaced as soon as possible, as it’s either venting exhaust gases or causing coolant to contaminate the oil, neither of which are healthy for any vehicle’s systems.

The Cylinder Head Repair Experts

Since repairing bad cylinder heads or gaskets is not a typical DIY project, we recommend that you consult a professional company. Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. (CCH) is a reputable, experienced (over 25 years) dealer. We specialize in providing quality and warranty-backed rebuilt cylinder heads for a variety of vehicles (cars, trucks, boats, etc). With a massive online catalog of cylinder heads, we most likely have the cylinder heads for your repair needs. The knowledgeable staff at CCH is happy to help you find the cylinder head that is right for your vehicle. Please contact Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. toll-free at 1-800-572-1963.

The cylinder head is one of the most vital parts to your car’s mechanics; your gas-powered car could not work without it. The cylinder head and head gasket sit atop the engine block over the cylinders. The head covers and protects the engine components and creates the correct vacuum for the engine to work. The cylinder head works along with the camshaft, induction and exhaust systems to process the fuel, air, and exhaust to provide your car’s horsepower. Damage, such as, leaks or cracks, in your cylinder head can cause monumental damage to your engine. The correct shape, size, quality, and use of your cylinder head can make all the difference in how your car runs and can help avoid costly engine repairs. To choose the best cylinder head for your specific needs follow these tips for “5 Things to Check Before Buying a Cylinder Head” when choosing a rebuilt, remanufactured, or new cylinder head…

  1. Choose a Compatible Head – Only choose from cylinder heads designed for your car’s specific make, model, year, engine size, and engine enhancements (turbo, supercharger, etc.). Choose a cylinder head metal (aluminum or cast iron) that is compatible with what your engine block is made of as the metals contract and expand at different rates; mismatched cylinder heads are prone to cracking. Choose a cylinder head with right hardware (bolts) for the engine block to ensure your head will fit correctly.
  2. Consider Intake and Exhaust Port Volumes – Bigger intake port volumes are not always necessarily better; depending on engine size and/or application, smaller intake ports may be more suitable. Smaller intake ports often provide better performance for street application as they produce more low-end torque and crisper throttle response, while larger intake ports are more beneficial for larger or higher-revving engines as they allow for more air flow. Choose a good-flowing exhaust port that is the correct size, by comparing to stock exhaust port volume and valve size for your specific engine.
  3. Determine the Combustion Chamber Size and Design needed for Your Engine – Choose a combustion chamber size that raises the compression ratio to maximize your engines efficiency, while matching the components of your specific engine, such as, bore, stroke, head gasket, and piston shape, as well as, deck clearance and ring location.
  4. Consider Application – Whether you are using your car for street or off-road driving or drag, circle track, or road racing, deciding the primary application for your engine is important is picking out the cylinder head to best fit your needs. Valve lift, air flow, and duration can be altered to provide the best performance for your car’s specific application.
  5. Buy from a Reputable Dealer – Choose cylinder heads from a reputable dealer! Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. (CCH) is dedicated to providing customers with quality cylinder heads backed by their warranty. The knowledgeable associates at CCH would be happy to help you in choosing the cylinder head that is right for your specific needs. Contact Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. toll free at 1-800-572-1963 or by email at