Originally Posted by paddy_21
I started replacing my HG's two weeks ago. Here's a few tips:
Expect to need other parts for assembly!
- I had to get new studs for the exhaust headers because a few broke.
- Also need new o-rings for the injectors because they dry rotted with over 200k miles!
- Had to replace the timing tensioner because I tried to adjust it incorrectly and bent it!
- The worst though was when I found part of the head gasket on the bench when I was "Done"
So I'm starting over. It shouldn't take 16 hours this time now that I "know what I'm doing." but it's still a btch!
The manual says to oil the head bolts before you torque them. Don't take this for granted - there is a difference between wet torque & dry... I didn't lube them so naturally they were under torqued and on my test drive I had some terrible leaking, in addition to running a little hot!
What's the consensus - Should you replace the bolts on a head gasket job? Where can you get them from?
Good luck - don't suck. Unlike me, pay attention to detail.
What part of the gasket was on the bench?