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Old 09-11-2005, 10:08 PM   #1
Mike1967
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Default Results of 1st Time engine pull / head gasket replacement

Recently decided to take the plunge and replace my headgaskets myself. I have never pulled an engine before, but could not see paying a shop $ 2,000 to do the work for me...especially when the heads may not have been useable.

Got the engine back in this weekend (minus the clutch alignment tool ) ....hooked everything back up....put fluid in it......turned the key.......and it WORKED !!!!!

Runs better than it ever did. I am suspecting that it had a hairline leak in the heads since the day I bought it. I bought it used with 150K miles and have put 30K miles on it.

The engine always lost power between 4,000 and 4,500 RPM. Now I am pretty sure it was losing compression because of head warp or slightly blow gasket.

I love the way it runs now.

2 1/4 Ton Engine Hoist - $ 150 (Advance Auto Parts)
750 lb engine stand - $ 40 (Advance Auto Parts)
Both Heads Resurfaced - $ 47 (Total for both)
Torx Plus Bit for Cam Cap Cover - $ 20.00 (Snap On)
12 Point 14 MM Socket for Head Bolts - $ 18.00 (Snap On)
Feeler Gauges - $ 5.00 (Advance Auto Parts)
Head Gaskets - $ 26.88 each ($ 53.76 total) (Van's Auto Parts)
Front CAM Seals - $ 3.75 each ( $ 7.50 total) (Van's Auto Parts)
Head Bolts - $ 67.00 a set ( $ 134.00 total) (Van's Auto Parts)
Tensioner Pulley - $ 140 (Dealer)

TOTAL = $ 615.26
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Old 09-11-2005, 10:46 PM   #2
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good work man, arent oyu glad you p[icked up a book, used your brain and saved $1400. alot of people would just say fork-it and pay to have it done, if its under warranty sure but if not, do it yourself, and learn something for cryin out loud.



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Old 09-11-2005, 11:43 PM   #3
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What was the final time on it. From start to finish please. I am thinking about doing it myself.
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Old 09-12-2005, 12:15 AM   #4
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Aren't you happy you did it yourself? Nice work, man.

-Cheers!
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Old 09-12-2005, 01:03 AM   #5
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nice work! good call on getting the high quality socket and torx for the tough bolts too.


edit: plus, now you own a cherry picker and stand for the next project!
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Old 09-12-2005, 08:44 AM   #6
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Thanks guys !

My thoughts exactly on learning something and on the tools. Half the money was spent on tools which I will use again.

I took last Thursday and Friday off.....but....I was not able to work Saturday through Labor DAy because no machine shops were open over labor day weekend.

So basically....
- it took me to full days to pull it and break the heads down.
- and it took me a day and a half to put it back in.

A good portion of that time was spent looking for tools and parts because I did not plan well enough ahead

THe Field service manual was invaluable. I would NOT have been able to do this job without that reference material. The Chilton was good to have in some instances where I needed real pictures to help locate the part location on the enging.

Second most important thing for me was having the time to take my time. If you have to be in a hurry during this project then there is a good chance of missing something

If I had had the following tools in advance I would have saved a lot of time

- size 40 Torx Plus bit
- 14MM 12 point socket
- headbolts (some say you don't need to replace these)
- Clutch alignment tool

If I do this car in the future.....I would expect it to be a 2-3 day job.
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Old 09-12-2005, 09:43 AM   #7
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PROPS! i knew you had it in ya! so i take it clutch tool helps on a suby?
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Old 09-12-2005, 11:08 AM   #8
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Quote:
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- headbolts (some say you don't need to replace these)
Definitely not necessary... congrats on a job well done!
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Old 09-12-2005, 03:28 PM   #9
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PROPS! i knew you had it in ya! so i take it clutch tool helps on a suby?
Clutch tool definitely would have helped !!!

Cost me a couple of hours and much added aggravation on Sunday because I did not have one available....and none of the local parts shops carried my flavor.
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Old 09-12-2005, 05:35 PM   #10
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Good job on the fix. What kind of engine was it though? At the Subie dealership I worked at they never pulled the engine to replace head gaskets. But the fact that you pulled you own engine is awesome. Congrats.
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Old 09-12-2005, 08:08 PM   #11
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Good job. Hope it lasts another 150k miles for you.

Did you go back and retorque the one side?
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Old 09-12-2005, 09:13 PM   #12
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Good job on the fix. What kind of engine was it though? At the Subie dealership I worked at they never pulled the engine to replace head gaskets. But the fact that you pulled you own engine is awesome. Congrats.
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Old 09-12-2005, 09:20 PM   #13
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Good job. Hope it lasts another 150k miles for you.

Did you go back and retorque the one side?
I did not go back and reset the torque on that first head. Hopefully it does not come back to haunt me

I will let you know if it does.

I drive about 80 miles round trip to work each day...so I will let you know if it blows up. So far holding compression, oil and coolant.

Another question for you Tim: It is necessarily a given that I should replace the AC Dryer if I left my AC lines open for 2 weeks ?
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