head gasket replacement - my lessons learned

Discussion in '95-older Toyota Truck Tech' started by steffan, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. steffan

    steffan SILVER Star

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    I read probably a dozen different threads on the subject before I went into this but most didn't address these points.

    1. don't attempt to take off the lower manafold off the head while it's in the truck - almost impossible.
    2. really pay attention to the routing of the lower wiring harness: the basic layout is pritty simple but i didn't watch close enough to which side of certain hoses etc it ran on. ended up threading it though the truck a few time only to have it not fit (close but not close enough).
    3. go ahead and get new head bolts along with a new gasket. i found a bunch of threads on broken head bolts, stripped and difficult to remove head bolts if i searched for it specifically. I was lucky to have the correct size tap to chase the threads otherwise, get one of those too.
    4. even with all the pictures i took, there were a couple of vacuum lines at the end which were very difficult to remember where they went.
     
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    FrankTorres

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    It also saves time assembling the intake to the head at the bench and installing it as one unit to the block. It’s a bit heavy to do by yourself though.
     
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    Which engine did you work on-3.0 or 2.4?
     
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    22re I believe
     
  5. steffan

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    correct - 22re
     
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