Originally Posted by joeytbird7
i plan replacing them myself since i dont have much money...
can someone send me a write up on how to replace them, pictures of your experiences, and links to parts i'll need please?
You're going to need some special tools as well. If you have never done a head gasket before you may want ot enlist some help or find a mechanic that will do it for what you can afford.
Some things I know you will need.
Camera to take pictures of engine before you take it a part (highly recommended)
Special Tools - you might be able to borrow or rent from the parts store.
Torque Wrench 150Ft LB clicker if they got it.
Torque Tip (star) type sockets (you will need these for the head bolts and fuel rails)
Parts - Sometime you can buy a kit for less than the individual parts
I would recommend FelPro gaskets
New Head bolts as they are a one time strech type
You will need the head gasket of course
upper and lower intake manifold gaskets
Valve cover gaskets
I would replace the injector o-rings as well
Thermostat gasket - might want to replace the thermostat too
You will also need -
Replace the Coolant
Change the oil and filter
Change the spark plugs
Make sure you clean all of the oil and coolant out of all the threaded holes. This will prevent contamination of the gasket as you thread the bolts back in on assembly.
Take pictures and make note of how everything comes apart. You might want to use tape to mark certain parts.
You might not have to remove the fuel system from the fuel rails, somethimes you can just move it out of the way. You should release the pressure from the fuel rail before you remove it though. It's just like letting air out of a tire. The little scherader valve on the fuel rain.
Make sure you have plenty or room on a work bench that will allow you to lay out the parts in order.
I would make sure you have everything you need before you start and the whole weekend to do the work.
Well, I am sure there is much more, but that's all the time I have for now.