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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:49 pm 
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doing the head gasket tonight
everything's off except the head
can't get it up at all
it's stuck so tight I can't believe it
rubber mallet did nothing
2x4 wood and hammer side to side shifts it a few mm at the front, but that's it
any ideas???
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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:51 pm 
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timber in the port, and a rubber mallet.


dont forget its on dowels.

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:51 pm 
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Sledge hammer?

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:09 pm 
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ok, "timber in the port" i assume you mean the thermostat port?
can't find any way to get upward pressure on the thing

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:15 pm 
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I mean slap in a hammer handle in the exhaust port.

 

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make sure your lifting it upwards... just making sure.

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:57 pm 
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try putting a lever bar into one of the exhaust ports and lifting upwards gently. Dont put it so far in as to hit the valve with it though
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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:00 pm 
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thanks for the replies
i've given up for tonight
will try hammer in exhaust port tomorrow
and it was going so well, everything else came off just like a dream...

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:01 pm 
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Make sure you have removed the bolt from the front of the head that holds the top of the timing chain guide in place. Had me stumped for a while.

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Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:20 pm 
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use a length of chain held in by the rocker gear bolts and use it as a handle helps if you have a crane, also make sure spark plugs are out
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Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:44 am 
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And make sure all the head bolts are out.

I've witnessed a drongo in a similar situation as you forget 2 bolts and wondered why the head wasnt moving.
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Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:12 pm 
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thanks for all the helpful suggestions
breaker bar in no1 exhaust port did it
rang up the engine reconditioner where I got the exchange head & he said this was how they did it,
sometimes takes 2 blokes heaving to break the seal
now i've just got to put it all together again.......
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Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:19 pm 
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are you using an AU gasket?
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Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:06 pm 
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as richard williams said use an AU gasket and always use new head bolts
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Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:22 pm 
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yes, au gasket
yes, new bolts
thanks for the checks

whilst we're at it
the stupid little gasket that sits along the top of the timing cover
keep?
or
trash and replace with 100% silicone

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