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Old 04-24-2013, 11:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need to replace a blown head gasket and not certain if i need new head bolts?
1988 Suzuki Samurai
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I waited too long to put the new radiator in and being i never did a zuk head gasket before does anyone have a decent link to a "How To" as there may be a few simple shortcuts with intake and exhaust manifold removals...(I've done many other make engines)

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Always a good idea to replace the head bolts.
Very simple job. No short cuts required.
You may want to download the on line manual.
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Thanks Boxcar.....
the more i read the more i see get new head bolts. will order them today and i downloaded the manual back a while ago, just didn't get a chance to read it yet. The last head gasket i did was on a chevy straight six..... had the head off before i finished my cigarette but i took both manifolds off with the head LOL
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Thanks Boxcar.....
the more i read the more i see get new head bolts. will order them today and i downloaded the manual back a while ago, just didn't get a chance to read it yet. The last head gasket i did was on a chevy straight six..... had the head off before i finished my cigarette but i took both manifolds off with the head LOL
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I know this is an older thread, and you are probably done by now, but you can pull the head with the manifolds still attached. But if you check the head for warpage, and it is warped and needs resurfaced, then you'll have to remove the manifolds.
I also wouldn't replace the head bolts. They are not torque to yield bolts. It doesn't hurt anything if you do. But usually it is just a waste of $$$.
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I know this is an older thread, and you are probably done by now, but you can pull the head with the manifolds still attached. But if you check the head for warpage, and it is warped and needs resurfaced, then you'll have to remove the manifolds.
I also wouldn't replace the head bolts. They are not torque to yield bolts. It doesn't hurt anything if you do. But usually it is just a waste of $$$.
I actually unbolted the exhaust and intake manifolds from the head and tied them back out of the way and pulled the head..... brought it to the machine shop and it was fine. and like you recommended i did not change the head bolts.... re-checked it two times after it ran for a few days including valve adjustment and all is fine.
It was really a pretty simple job.
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