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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-06-2001, 12:45 PM
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head gasket replacement

hi, I sold my first sami to my brother and like 2 days after he bought it the head gasket blew. So he used the cheep block seal stuff and that only lasted a month. He looked into getting it replaced and was quoted $800 - $1000(!!!) I told him you can get a new engine for that much and they were pulling those figures out of you know where.

So Maybe I'll replace it. (for maybe $200 + parts)
- How hard is it? I'm not afraid to tear things apart, but I've never removed the head or anything like that.
- What parts do I need? I was thinking the obvious gasket set, and are the head bolts one use bolts? What am I missing?
- What tools? I have the regular socket set and stuff, but what specific tools do I need?

Thanks - any help is appreciated

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Re: head gasket replacement

I've replaced two head gaskets and it's not hard at all. Basic hand tools and a torque wrench will do the job. I'd leave the intake bolted to the head and just replace the head and exhaust gasket. Be sure and get good quality gaskets. Also, I reused the original head bolts.

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$200 for a head gasket is WAY too much. We have complete top end gaskets kits for well under $100.

Also.... he used gasket sealer on the head, instead of a standard alimunum style gasket? Its lucky that it lasted a month!

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Re: head gasket replacement

Do I have to worry about the head being worped? Should I take it to a machine shop and have them check it, or just not worry about it?
also how long does it take?
thanks for the help,

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Head warping doesn't come from a head gasket being blown, it comes from mojor excessive heat. Now a blown head gasket can increase temperatures, but you'd have to really ignore the temp gauge to let it get bad enough to warp a head.

Its possible you have warpage, but very unlikely.

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hey glenn i think he ment 200$ labor plus parts.

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Re: head gasket replacement

geoffrie id take it too the machine shop anyways have them surface the head only cost 7$ around here and its alot easyer than scraping the old head gasket off and it take care of the warp if any. also have them check the vavles while your at it for proper seating better to do it now than to have to do later

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Re: head gasket replacement

You might also want to replace the timing belt while everything is apart. It only costs around $15, so now would be a good time to do it.......

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Crow - thats a good Idea, I'll be sure to replace it also.
glen and dparker - thanks for the head info
88.5 - thanks for the tip with the intake

I'm pretty sure I can do it now (and not screw it up), that was the only thing holding me back really.

I'll be sure to have the head checked (and the valves) and make sure its ok.

Is it common for head gaskets to go? It must be, I think my new sami is having a little gasket problem also. (and the tranny is going out)

thanks again for all the help,


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Re: head gasket replacement

just one more thing make sure you get a chiltion or a factory service manual not a haynes from autozone or another parts store that might sell it . if you go buy it you will be puttting the timing 180 out .

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