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Old 05-29-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Stupid aluminum heads

So before I left for Afghanistan blew a spark plug outta my head on the passenger side..let the dealership fix it...3500 later had a new head...did the same thing yesterday to the driver side...$6 later re-tapped it and put a sleeve in, no vacuum leak or anything and runs like a champ again..just figured I'd share this since I know these heads are notorious for this.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:22 AM   #3
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Re: Stupid aluminum heads

no problem. I know stuff can get expensive and the cheaper way isn't always a bad way. Just need a little patience. But here's how we did it.

Re-tapped the spark plug hole with a bigger size (there's a certain tool for it I'll look up the name later), then took an old spark plug and put some antiseize on the spark plug, put permanent locktite (red) on the outside threads of the sleeve, tightened it down til you feel the sleeve pop and then bite into the head, back out the spark plug, put on the new ignition coil (it more than likely exploded like mine did if it blew out) then put all back together turn it over and check for air coming out.

*also turn the motor over til the piston is down before you tap it.
*start it for a few sec after you tap it to blow all the excess crap out.

hope this helps anyone that has this problem in the future
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Re: Stupid aluminum heads

This just happened to Mustang Fan...
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This just happened to Mustang Fan...
hopefully he saw this before he bought a new head or paid someone to screw it up and THEN bought a new head
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He had a dealer retap it I think for around $300...
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Ugh, this happened to my car, but as far as I know it didn't damage the head I hope. We did the rest of the stuff u said but now my car is still running like ****..i don't know how to explain what it's doing but it's like it dosent wanna run in 5 gear at all and when accelerating it jerks back and looses power and acts like it's not getting power..theres so vacuum leak and we changed the egr valve or what ever it's called...they said it takes a while for the computer in the car to relize we fixed the problem and to run right but I don't think that's working...I've been driving it for a week now and it still won't run any better..plus the check engine light keeps coming on and it says there's a miss but all spark plugs are new with new boots and all are re threaded and what not!!! Idk what the he'll is wrong with my car but I'm
Scared there's Somthing really wrong that I'm not gonna be able to afford to fix..
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Thanks for the heads up.
hahah heads up...funny since it's involving heads....ohhh nevermind....
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I never thought of that when I replyed I didn't know I was that witty.
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Re: Stupid aluminum heads

i need to double check my tq on my plugs and check them but I dont want to remove them unless im changing them
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Mine did the same. Have someone cancel all your error codes...haul *** and see if it cuts back on and runs fine. That's what I did. Sorry forgot to mention that.
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thanks! my dad took it to work to have someone clear any codes its throwing. Its running a little better now had to change a hose that was sucking shut. it Helped alot! but still can tell its not running its best. only if cars could talk and tell us whats wrong lol
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thanks! my dad took it to work to have someone clear any codes its throwing. Its running a little better now had to change a hose that was sucking shut. it Helped alot! but still can tell its not running its best. only if cars could talk and tell us whats wrong lol
nooo prob. i'm surprised no1 had brought this up before lol
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