Help! Another EL Head gasket story (long)
Well, add me to the list who have done a head gasket. I decided to do the job myself but have come across some problems.
1. I unscrewed the timing chain tensioner to reduce the tension but went too far and it came out. I can't seem to get it to go back in. Is there a any thing special about the way it is in there or do I just need to use lots of force and push it back in until the threads meet?
2. The timing chain guide pin (the bolt on the top right front of the head that holds the top of the timing chain guide) rounded off the head of it as soon as I put a socket on it. I was using 12 point sockets and this seems to be a problem with all of the bolts that I have undone being marked by the sockets. (Before I start back at it I will get some 6 point sockets. Hopefully this will reduce the number of damaged heads!) My question is, can I remove the head with this bolt and the chain guide still attached? Or do I have to remove them to take the head off?
4. Trying to remove the front head bolt on the inlet side I managed to split one 14mm socket, bend one Minimax 14mm ring spanner and finally, partially round off the head of the bolt with a second 14mm socket (another 12 point socket) We tried a 30cm extension bar as well as an impact driver and a rattle gun and couldn't get the damn thing to move. Has anyone else had this problem? And if so, how did you cope?
Now that the head bolt is partially rounded, does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove it. I have though about removing the valve gear and grinding the head of it off. Is this the best method?