Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 23:01:55 GMT
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: Head Gasket

On Fri, 03 Sep 2004 21:42:30 +0100, Colin Stamp <> wrote: >Thanks Bob, > >Yep, it's the improvising on the spec thing I'm a bit worried about. >The spec for my 9-3 says 30lbs then 44lbs then 90 degrees. 44lbs >sounds quite loose, but the extra 90 degrees sounds like it should >only be done once per bolt. I suppose I'll cross that bridge when I >come to it... Yeah, I hear you. I made a WAG that the torque was very high, since the difference in the two settings they give in the book does not require much of a turn - so that 90 degrees is a major pull up in torque. I thought they would be "on use" bolts but despite a lot of reading I could not find anyplace that it actually said they had to be replaced if you pulled the head. Anyway, torque them to 30, them 44, then pull one about 45 degrees and see what torque you get. I was not comfortable pulling them more than that. FYI - I checked on the torx tool. It's actually a "reverse" torque. That is, the head bolt has a "torx bit" on top, you buy a torx socket to fit. Mine says size "E16". Most autoparts stores should have individual sockets you can buy. Bob

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