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Old 11-25-2014, 11:09 PM   #1
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Head gaskets

I'm going to be changing the head gaskets on my 2002 gt. I do have the chilton manual. Is there any tips or tricks anyone has used in the past that might come in handy. Hopefully I'll be getting this done on Black Friday (I don't do the shopping thing). Thank you in advance.


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Have zip lock bags to keep all bolts and screws. Label the bags. I would recommend the metal chain guides as to avoid goin into the timing for chaging them again if u are gonna use the plastic ones. Make sure to tork all to spec. Dont be afraid to ask questions. The headers may be the hardest thing to take off if u dont coat it with penetrating blaster. Let it sit overnight with the penetrating lube makesbit easier to take off and avoid breaking header bolts. I would recommend replacing all header bolts as well but thats my opinion

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Thanks for the advice but I'm changing the head gasket not the headers


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Yes but to change head gasket u must remove the headers

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Unless u can take the hwad off with the headers on then true u wont need to remove headers but i was thinking for future breakdown of motor like header upgrade and such.

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Oh. The manual says nothing about removing the headers. But I want thinking about replacing the exhaust manifold, but it only adds maybe 3 horse. My car sounds nice the way it is already, so I didn't want to spend the money on little gain


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On my alldata besides ssying remove engine lol it says tobremove the headers. Alldata is like mitchell, they are manuals that technician use like in a dealership. Anyways if u were to change header long tube would be my recommendation

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