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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-31-2001, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Head gasket

How hard is a head gasket to change on a Sam??? I have a FSM and a Haynes manual to help me. I thought my problem was the intake gasket but it didn't help. BTW the previous owner used that copper coat gasket crap on the intake gasket, that was a big mistake. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Head gasket

i have done 3 the best way i feel is to leave everthing bolted up intake manifold, exuast maniflod , distbuter. pull evething off in one piece put head gaskett on have some help you putting head back on so you want miss the gaskett up

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Re: Head gasket

i would have to agree with dparker i pull the head with the
dist and intake manifold still connected-but i do unbolt
the header and leave in place. 1.3's are small and light
take off the head by yourself and then two people can pull
the rest of the motor by hand easy if you ever need to.
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Re: Head gasket

i firgot about that if you have a header i would unbolt it .

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Re: Head gasket

Is there anything else I should look out for??? Should I loosen the valves????

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Re: Head gasket

dparker is right,,,
I start from one side and work my way around, that way you don't forget something. Also, save your self some trouble and remove the water hoses from the intake not the heater core,,it's way too easy to screw up it if you do. IMO

I used to hate these hose clamps,,but after "years" of working on them,,they are much better to work with and last longer than the domestic ones.

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When I removed mine I simply unbolted the exhaust flange from the stock manifold and removed everything as one. If I remember correctly, there is a vacuum line underneath the manifold that is a PITA to remove. The unit as one is heavy enough that you should have someone to help you lift it out and reinstall it so as not to damage anything. Lower radiator hose was a bitch too. I ended up cutting them off and buying new ones.

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Re: Head gasket

when i did mine i unbolted the intake also and just pulled it back and pulled the head off very simple

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Re: Head gasket

Here is what mine looked like after I pulled it. Not too pretty...



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Re: Head gasket

OK-- I got the head off and the gasket looks very similar to zoomy4's gasket. The OEM gasket I'm using appears to be made alot better than what was previously installed. The #4 piston was cleaner than the others. I'm assuming the water was knocking the carbon off?????? Also the exhaust valves on #3 and #4 are a little different looking than the others.I haven't looked in the FSM--is there a certain order to tighten the head bolts?? Thanks for the help.

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