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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-15-06, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Head Gasket Replacement

I have a 93 Ford Probe SE

I have a blown head gasket and I want to replace it myself.
I have limited experience with engine work but I'm confident that I can do it myself. Is there a manual that I can refer to? Instructions that I can follow?
Need advice on how to get started... please help... PLEEASE!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-16-06, 07:10 AM
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Re: Head Gasket Replacement

you cars manual should describe it in detail...
its straight forward but there are a few things to watch for with each engine, if you are confident to give it a go, do it!!!
if you are a total beginner make sure:
* gasket surfaces need to be clean and straight
* check with a straight edge, may need machining (especially if popped from overheating)
* inspect for cracks
* clean bolt holes
* torque head bolts accuratly and in stages and in correct pattern
* some engines need new head bolts (they plasticly deform at max torque setting)
* use all new gaskets especially exhaust
* if ohc make sure you get cam timing correct
* use ultra blue or other silicone on paper and cork gaskets SPARINGLY
* clean everything
* check valve lash/lifter preload/belt tension if machined (lifter preload and belt tension almost always ok)
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Re: Head Gasket Replacement

Make Sure That You Set Up The Cams Timing Spot On When Reassembling, Beingthat Having Quad Cams They Tend To Rock Off T,d,c, You,ll Need An Extra Pair Of Hands To Help. Also Being Made In Japan, They Were Assembled By The Japanese Meaning You Will Get Into Some Interesting Positions Trying To Get Some Of Those Bolts Undone With The Motor In Situ. Careful Of The Carbon Build Up In These Engines. Can Easily Be Dislodged And Can Clog Oil Pickup. For Longevity Suggest Removal Of Sump And Clean Whilst Heads Are Off, Cheap Insurance. From Memory They Only Ran Silastic For A Sump Gasket..
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