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Heads, you loose!

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by Remedy, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. Remedy

    Remedy New Member

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    Oct 4, 2006
    Nor Cal
    I think I posted in the wrong forum last time, here's a link to the details

    I am doing the disassembly, but I would like to know about things that aren't in the shop manual. I read that the 1.5L engines are prone to hot spots and frequent head gasket failures due to weak OEM gaskets, so I want to make sure I get this right the first time. I don't want to be back behind the timing cover for another 90k if I can avoid it, my powersteering unit is a bitch to work around and so is all that calipornia emissions gear.
    Having said all that, should I be ok with the OEM gasket? Are they better now (this is a D15A2 1.5L carb job). Do I need to replace head bolts?(are they torque to yeild) or is it just a good idea? Does $120 sound resonable to pressure test and resurface a head?. Last question, after I remove all the bits of gasket from the block do I need to do any surface prep other than make sure its oil free?

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