Replacing Head Gaskets On A Ford Taurus 3.0L V6 OHV Engine. With Time Lapse. RWGresearch.com
What dose it take to Replacing Head Gaskets On A Ford Taurus 3.0L V6 OHV
Well... i got to find out first hand, and you get to watch and enjoy!
if your about to do this job your self please watch and you will have a
good understanding of how to do it. or at least whats involved.
This was a weekend project and i thought i would document it for fun... and
to help others.
This would have cost me between $1200-$1600 as a local shop. depending on
where i took it.
i did this job my self for just over $200 including the fallowing:
head gasket kit
new head bolts
new coolant reservoir
new spark plugs
RTV Black sealant
Quick set epoxy
and some coolant system flush.
for me it was better than buying a new car...
lets hope it lasts...
(Update) just hit 200K yeah well worth the 250ish $$$ fix!! :) watch here:
God bless and have fun!
Some time life throws you curve balls... for me i swing hoping to hit it
out of the park... this time i did! :)
PS. Thanks Rawbush for getting me the correct specs for all the bolts!!!!
TEAM WORK! :)
Astra Turbo - Rocker Cover Gasket Renewal
My first video, it's a bit slow and boring. But was a good test.
On an engine with hydraulically adjusted valve clearance, the rocker cover
gasket may never get changed in routine maintenance.
The gasket on this car hasn't been changed for 120,000km's and was leaking
New gasket = cleaner engine bay :)
Cutting White Wire on Saturn Ion to Fix Starting Issue
This is me showing how I cut the passlock wire on my car. My car would not
start on damp, cold mornings, often taking 30 - 40 minutes to get it to
start. After reading several forums I found users who were doing this to
"fix" the problem. I thought I would tape this for anyone who was thinking
of doing the same but doesn't know anything about cars. Like me. :)
Note: I owe thanks to meron for the post at this link
http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f1137a7/83 it is where I
first heard about this solution.
Update 10.6.2012: I added a switch, I believe it was this one
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062533 I installed
it with it in the off position, started the car, switched it to On while
the car was running and the service engine light went away. Car started
fine after that. I just shut it off again as it was cold one morning this
week and I had trouble getting the car started. Once I got it running,
turned it off and haven't had trouble starting it since. YMMV
How to Test Head Gasket
** Please see my other videos on this topic* Thx!
This video is intended for those who would like to know how to confirm a
damaged head gasket on a vehicle prior to making the decision to invest a
lot of money for repair. My apologies for the camera focus- next video I
will pay closer attention, but the information needed is viewable. Further
research should be done on the risks of overheating to the engine block and
such. This video is meant to simply show a 'how to' on the test method I
used quite often when professionally working on vehicles, the results of
which are based on chemistry and industry-standards of the time (1990's).
I hope you find this video useful. RI.
Camry V6 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement
Step by step procedure on replacing the front and rear valve cover gaskets
in a Toyota Camry with the 1MZ-FE 3.0L V6 engine.
Procedure is the same for V6 Toyota Camry, Avalon, Solara, Sienna,
Highlander, Lexus RX300 and ES300.
Also covered in this video: Spark plug wire and ignition coil replacement,
PCV valve and grommet replacement, throttle body cleaning and gasket
replacement, EGR replacement, intake plenum removal, spark plug tube seal
replacement, air filter replacement, coolant system drain.
The intake plenum must be removed to access the rear valve cover.
Good idea to replace spark plugs, spark plug wires, PCV valve and grommet
and EGR/ Throttle body / Intake plenum gasket while your at it.
The job isn't difficult, but its time consuming. Only basic hand-held tools
Use a torque wrench to tighten valve cover bolts.
Use washers to build up the height of crushed washers.
Use Permatex RTV on all sharp or uneven surfaces on the valve cover.
Refill cooling system with Toyota Long Life coolant and mix 50/50 ratio.
Clean the idle air control valve (IACV), throttle body, intake plenum and
EGR before re-assembling.
Have a friend hold up the rear wiring harness when removing or installing
the rear valve cover or tie it to the wipers.
Label all electrical and vacuum connections.
Freeze spark plug tube seals and use a heat gun to warm the valve cover
before pressing the seal in.
Best Head Gasket Sealer For Headgasket Leaks
ks/ (visit my site for more tips)
Did your mechanic tell you your car has a headgasket leak? I get TONS of
questions like this everyday and many of them are NOT head gasket leaks. I
made this video to help you determine if you DO or DO NOT have an internal
The FIRST, FIRST, FIRST thing you need to do is get a cooling system
pressure test. This fast and cheap test will help you determine if you have
an internal or external coolant leak.
If you are absolutely sure there are no external leaks, and the radiator is
not restricted and the electric radiator cooling fans are working, then try
this awesome sealer.
The product is called Engine Block Sealer, made by K&W. They have the old
version in a hard metal can and their new and "improved" version in a green
plastic bottle called Nano Technology. Both seem to work just fine.
I do not personally use the product as the instructions on the can say
(been using it my way for years with a 75-80% success rate and its much
My instructions for using K&W Block Sealer are:
1. Drain out all coolant from radiator as you possibly can.
2. Get a bucket and mix up the block sealer with tap water
3. Pour contents of the bucket into the radiator, top off with tap water
4. Then put 500 miles on the car as soon as you can
5. After 500 miles drain out the mix and reinstall coolant and water as
The seal should be permanent
You will NOT have boil over or freeze protection during this time period so
please keep the engine from freezing and overheating.
And no, I do not remove the spark plugs or the thermostat as the can says..
Just the steps above.
Hope this helps, visit my sites for more cool tips and information
Impala - Rear Valve Cover Gasket replacement (3800 Series II)
This is how you change the rear valve cover gasket on a Chevy Impala 3.8L
(3800 Series II). The method used in this video is WITHOUT taking off the
fuel rail and fuel injectors and plenum. This present a problem with a
tricky bolt that's next to the fuel injector. You don't necessarily save
time doing it this way as opposed to removing the Plenum and fuel
rail/injectors but it's less hassle if you're worried about seating the
injectors back into place and everything. It will take you some time to get
one of the 13mm bolts out that's next to the second injector in the back.
Also this method was attempting to get the valve cover off without removing
the alternator and tensioner assembly. There is not enough clearance to
lift the cover off without removing it. So go ahead and remove the
1. Disconnect Neg Terminal from the battery (8mm)
2. Remove the plastic cover by twisting off the oil cap piece
3. Remove the rear "brace bar" (black bar going from left to right) two
13mm on each side
4. Remove the Coolant Recovery tank and set aside (two 10mm nuts)
5. Remove the alternator
6. Remove the bracket holding the alternator to the engine by the fuel
injector (10mm I believe)
7. Remove the tensioner assembly (Three 15mm bolts, one of them is hidden)
8. Remove 6 valve cover bolts (10mm)
Follow in reverse order to re-assemble, use Permatex Medium blue loctite on
the the bolts for the valve cover, you can also change the grommets, but
it's not necessary. (They are only $10 for both front and back valve
Instrument Cluster Light and Domelight Replacement/ LED Conversion on 98 Saturn SL2
This video was a fun one to do. You can use this as a video on replacing
the standard bulb that goes into the socket, or you can replace them with
LED's! Recently ran across a few threads on a popular forum for Saturns
about putting in LED's. Thought this was a good idea. I got my bulbs from
superbrightleds.com. Below are the part numbers:
74-CWHP3 Mini Wedge Base - for the instrument cluster
RL4410-CWHP9 Rigid Loop Festoon - Domelight
I kind of skipped over the removal because there was another video already
made. Props to Richpin06a for a great instructional that helped me. link
for his video is below:
I am piggybacking off his video to show the light replacement on the
This might be long, but I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for Watching!
Saturn SL2 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement (DOHC)
This is a long one, Sorry, but it pretty much goes through the step by step
and shows some of my mistakes so you don't make them.
Also, verify that the gasket fits. If you have the time then I would
suggest bringing the valve cover in with you(assuming you bought it from a
local parts store) and make sure it fits before leaving. I must have gotten
one from a bad batch because the first one was too big. You will see that
in the video. The second try was the right(ish) one. apparently it is a
known problem that the molding process is incorrect for these gaskets but
luckily they are rubber so you can just remold it to fit.
Good Luck and Hope this helps you save some money. Spent about $60 total
doing this in tools and parts.
How to test for a bad head-gasket
For more info. on my eBook go to www.scannerdanner.com
This is a review of a test procedure I have in my ebook. Section 1
"Universal Testing Methods" page 13. There are other ways to do this test.
I am just showing the one I use the most when looking for a bad head