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Old 01-17-2006, 08:50 PM   #1
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Quick question. I know I've heard this before. Is it possible to change the head gasket on a phase I DOHC 2.5 without removing the engine? Just taking off the heads?

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Old 01-18-2006, 01:56 AM   #2
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yes its possible, but not very fun. not very much room in there even with heads off. but you really should pull the motor to change the rear main seal and oil seperator plate( get the aluminum one) but yes it is possible and people do it.


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Old 01-18-2006, 02:46 AM   #3
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i did my 2000 rs headgaskets without pulling the motor. it was a pain in the butt especally on the drivers side. if i did it again i would definately pull the motor no questions asked. it was more of a prob because the head bolts seemed to be a bit too long to to fit between the frame rail and the actual block so there was alot of caressing them into place. the one thing i do know it the head bolts for the DOHC heads are shorter than the SOHC ones. This may elivate alot of the major problems i was running into but im not sure.
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:27 AM   #4
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Alright, I'm just gonna pull the motor then. Thanks a lot guys for your help.

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Old 01-18-2006, 10:39 AM   #5
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That's the right choice. You will save no time by not pulling the motor. The extra effort required doing it in the car is not worth it. Even the dealership pulled my motor when they did my first one under warranty...
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Old 01-18-2006, 09:20 PM   #6
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Is the difficulty in reinstalling the heads? I have a 2000 rs pulled the heads of friday and once the bolts were loose from the block the heads w/bolts still in lifted right out. Maybe Im not to the hard part yet?

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The heads in my car came out pretty easy too. it was re installing them. i had to problems with the back lower bolts (labeled d in the shop drawings) on both sides. they seemed just a little too long. it probally took me about an hour and a half on the drivers side to position it right so it would fit. the passanger side went alot quicker.
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