Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 04:00:40 GMT
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: Head Gasket

On Thu, 02 Sep 2004 18:20:44 +0100, Colin Stamp <> wrote: >I'm all worried now. I might have to check mine... > >They're stretch-bolts aren't they? How do you know if they've worked a >bit loose - or can you only spot really loose ones? You can't tell by looking. You can tell with a wrench but you need a torque wrench to redo them. You also need a very large torx bit - I forget which size. Since it is not a new gasket and you are not using new bolts, you have to improvise on the specs a little. Use the pattern in the book, bring them up so they are all at 50lbs, then up to the spec, then a bit tighter. I say a "bit" tighter because the book will say (when new) to pull them to 72lbs (or so, AFAIR) then turn another 45 degrees. That was really not comfortable for me so I picked a reasonable setting and torqued them up a bit more. This is advanced DIY. You're on your own here. >Can you re-use the cam-cover gasket? Yeah, but since it only costs a few bucks, take advantage of the opportunity to replace it. >Cheers,

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