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Old 01-07-2011, 02:21 PM
inkman1989 inkman1989 is offline
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Default need help with head gasket

i need some help here. i need to change my head gasket. i could use some instructions and some troubleshooting. im in desperate need of some help here. this is my only vehicle and i need it desperatly. any help and advice would be a life saver.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:35 PM
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Default Re: need help with head gasket

Best advise if you have never done this. Take your time label any connectors and lines.

You can get a chilton or haynes manual and it will help some.

You will defiantly wanna obtain a torque wrench. Harbor freight has them for 24 dollars.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:48 PM
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Going to need some sort of manual for torque specs and sequences. Best would be a Ford shop manual, but Haynes or Chiltons would have that info. Def label everything you disconnect, numbering plugs is a huge help. Big thing is that surfaces clean and dry. Would be worth while having a shop go through the head(s). Get a card board box and put holes in it for push rods, number them which cylinder and lifter they came off of so you can put them back in the way they came out. Also going to need new head bolts.

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Old 01-07-2011, 04:48 PM
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Get some instructions, the right tools and i would recommend scotch-brite to clean off the surface on the head and block, use foam or wads of paper towel to cover up the water jacket holes so nothing falls into them. Take your time, before you take something off, take a picture so you know where it goes when you put it back on, and when you do take it off, label it. Label bolts and nuts too. Also keep a pan under the engine, you will spill antifreeze and most likely some oil. You must drain the coolant, but you can leave the oil becuase it will all bee in the oil pan anyway. Another thing is to learn the proper torque sequence of a head. Start with the center bolts and spiral outward, dont go to full torque spec right away, use steps, EX-25FT-lbs, then 45 to 50 FT-lbs and so on. You need to put some oil on the head bolt threads and on the bottom of the head bolt, dont put any on the bottom of the bolt or you'll damage the block/lock the bolt up, if you can use an air compressor to blow out the head bolt holes.

Also while you have the heads off, look for any damage, if you want you can have an engine shop check for small cracks just in case. Just to be sure.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:54 PM
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Default Re: need help with head gasket

I swapped heads on one of my 3.0 trucks...this might be helpful...
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:39 PM
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Default Re: need help with head gasket

mine just went today at 246k miles. a 5/8 quick disconnect tool and a #50 torqs socket are the only tools i had to get.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:06 AM
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Default Re: need help with head gasket

Getting ready to do mine this weekend...with the help of a much more knowledgeable brother-in-law. Tools needed are a T55 torx, some Hi-Temp RTV, gasket set and new head bolts. Think I might replace the timing chain while the thing is gutted so a timing chain too. I know a guy at a local motor rebuilt shop that is going to cut the heads and do a complete valve job for $200. I've never done this before but the b-i-l says he has...anything I should watch out for. I did buy the Haynes manual and it gives some pretty good descriptions but as with most things, experience is a much better teacher.

Thanks in advance...BA

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Old 04-08-2011, 07:12 PM
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Default Re: need help with head gasket

I am also trying for the first time to replace a blown head gasket on a 1993 2.3l. Any information from anyone who has done this before would be a great help. Also need help with information on changing timing belt while it is torn apart. Anything would be great. Thanks.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:08 AM
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if your head cylinder is not bent or warped why do a valve job? just have them clean and service the head cylinder to cut the cost,probbly like 50 bucks to have it serviced and cleaned,theyre just trying to make a buck out of you,and also definitely recommend to buy new bolts, one tip the mechanic told me,do a sequence of torquing down the bolts,for ex. if the max is 75 ft lbs, do 40 then 60 then 75, and for every sequence, wait at least 10 mins for each sequence,the reason is the type of bolts expand and you wont get proper torque if you dont let it expand,im just quoting what my dads mechanic told me,hope that helps
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