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Old 04-20-2010, 03:35 PM
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Default 3.0 head replacement

My daughter's 2001 3.0 has bad valve seats in 2 cylinders according to two different mechanics. Prices for redoing the heads are a bit high for her (and me). I am wondering about the difficulty in removing/replacing the heads myself. There is a place nearby that will rebuild the heads at a reasonable price. I've gotten my hands dirty on my own classic cars, so I have a good set of tools. Advice? Has anyone followed the Chilton's manual for this repair and can comment regarding how easy/hard the job is? Thanks!
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Old 04-20-2010, 03:47 PM
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Default Re: 3.0 head replacement

I just did the heads on a 3.0, check this thread out... It was pretty easy. You will need an inch pound torque wrench...
http://www.fordrangerforum.com/proje...buy-lol-2.html
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:59 PM
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Default Re: 3.0 head replacement

I have replaced heads on the 3.0L and it was kind of a pain because of all the stuff hooked on to them and a full engine compartment. The best deal on heads I found was from Schucks/O'Riely/Kragen at a local store. It has been a couple of years since I did this so you might double check the price. Cost $208 with exchange. The heads came with new valves, seats, springs, and seals. They had been surface ground to help insure a uniform fit. This is a straight forward, nothing special application repair. The last one I did went 40k without a problem before I sold the truck. The inch pound torque wrench is necessary and you will need the pound torque wrench for the head bolts. IMPORTANT! Get new head bolts! These bolts are a one time use only. They are what is called "torque to yield." One thing that I had to do was use exhaust header gaskets. Stock was without gaskets and mating with different heads wanted to leak some. Another thing while you are there check for wear on the cam follower gear. They tend to wear unevenly on the 3.0 for some reason and many an engine lost there cookies when this gear strips and the oil pump no longer turns and loses all oil pressure.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:01 PM
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Default Re: 3.0 head replacement

Oh yeah, Chilton's or Haynes manuals cover this and worked fine for me.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:17 AM
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Default Re: 3.0 head replacement

Thanks for the input! MY BAD!!! This is actually a 2003 ranger. Would that change anything?
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:02 PM
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Default Re: 3.0 head replacement

still the same basic procedure=time consuming
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