Here is how I changed the head and gasket on my 1992 Mazda B2600i pickup truck. This was the first time I have ever done a head gasket repair, and I have to say that most everything went according to plan. It was actually a lot easier than I anticipated. Total work time was about 14 hours, plus 2 weeks waiting for parts to arrive, that was the hardest part, haha. I am not especially mechanically trained or inclined, just interested in mechanics and the way they work, and that has helped me tremendously through procedures like this. I have found that since I want to learn about the way these parts connect, disconnect, and cooperate together, I have been able to do things to my cars and trucks that I never thought I could.
Taking care of your own vehicles is definitely a rewarding activity, for many reasons. Obviously you save a lot of money, you can rely on yourself to get your truck running in a jam, and are rarely stranded on the side of the road for long. Also, with more people doing their own work on their cars, mechanic services will be devalued, thus making it more affordable for everyone ($100 per labor hour, can you believe that?!?) Also, there is definitely a sense of satisfaction which comes from a job well done, being an interested and capable and competent individual, and helping out your friends with their problems. I like to learn, I like to be handy and useful to others, I like to save money, and I like to get dirty, so whenever I can I wrench on my own trucks and motorcycles.
A special thanks to the fine folks at the Mazdatruckin.com forum for all the technical articles. Hopefully you all can use this series of videos to help guide you through a similar procedure, really it is not that hard, and totally worth it.
head gasket $44
reman head $251
jug oil $12
jug coolant $14
manifold gasket set $14
That is about $1000 less than a mechanic would charge. Be brave, and do it yourself!
Replace a Cylinder Head Gasket Yourself and do it RIGHT! Part 1
Thoroughly detailed video on replacing your head gasket on any vehicle-
though a Toyota 2.2L is used in the example. Includes measuring warpage
specifications, special tools needed, proper techniques, and options to
consider such as machine shop services, used vs new cylinder heads, and
Part 2 is here:
You might also be interested in head gasket diagnosis video:
12 Ways of How To Test A Blown Head Gasket Compared- PART1
In this video series I scientifically compare many methods of testing for a
head gasket failure / cracked block / warped cylinder head. The tests range
from established professional tests with sophisticated equipment down to
some crazy shadetree mechanic type tests and we'll see how accurate they
Part 2 can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwiIpTIrBaE
How To Torque Cylinder Head Bolts - EricTheCarGuy
How To Torque Cylinder Head Bolts - EricTheCarGuy
Well this was a fun one to make. I believe I covered everything but if you
feel I haven't please let me know in the comments below as well as any tips
you might have to add as well. I'm not trying to make a big deal about
"pound feet" or "foot pounds" I'm just trying to put that out there, the
important thing is that you get the proper torque and get the job done
right in my opinion, what you decide to call it is up to you.
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Fixing Tough Head Gasket Leaks
Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 46 years, shows how you can fix tough
head gasket leaks using a liquid sealer.And, If you like my car help, be
sure to watch my live car talk show every Saturday morning at 10 AM CST on
YouTube. I answer your car questions LIVE there. Just check it out at
eature=c4-overview . And remember, every TUESDAY I upload a new video, so
don't miss them.
Bad head gasket symptoms, Head gasget bad? Easy way to check- Chevy Uplander
This is an Easy way to check for bad head gasket(s).
This video shows Co2 gases entering a vehicles cooling system due to bad
This is what can happen when you do not change your vehicles Antifreeze
every 2 years with composite head gaskets.
The other problem I have seen is that with steel layered head gaskets the
cylinder head looses it seal to the engine block over time and starts
leaking between the layers.
I have seen some vehicles with as low as 32,000 miles a lot of vehicle
Probable cause two different metals (aluminum heads on a steel engine
block) and two different rates of expansion and contraction.
Some symptoms can be thermostat, misfire and 02 sensor codes, bubbles in
cooling system, heating problems, oil slime in coolant tank and or
radiator, low coolant levels, leaking, split or blown out radiators,
leaking water pumps, intake gaskets leaking oil and or antifreeze,
catalytic converters that are inefficient or clogged, oxygen sensors that
quit working properly and spark plugs that are coolant fouled. If the
problem has gone on for long period of time and the gasket(s) is
deteriorated enough and the antifreeze is now entering the combustion
chamber, then you might have other symptoms of white smoke out the Exhaust and antifreeze mixed in with your oil.
Dealers used to say Maintenance Free, Change your Antifreeze every 5 years
or 150,000 miles. Now they say 30,000 miles, which for most of us is about
2 years. Huge difference.
Be mindful of these symptoms and remember to Find and fix the cause not
just the symptom.
This video is of a 2007 Chevy Uplander, 3.9 Liter with 52,181 miles.
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! :)
How to replace your head and head gasket pt. 3
The third and final installment of this video series----UPDATE----- We are
about 4 weeks on and running EXCELLENT! I highly suggest to anyone who is
considering pouring that cheapo head gasket repair crap into their coolant
system, do the job right there is much satisfaction in knowing you did a
good job, you can rely upon your repair, and your vehicle loves you for it!
Head Gasket Repair, Install, Replacement on a Honda Civic..How to repair a blown head gasket!
Basic Head gasket repair. Showing you the Replacement prep and Install on a
2000 Honda Civic with a D16y8 ! Just so people can see how to
change/replace/fix or repair their own blown engines head gasket! Also, if
your just getting started check out my how to remove cylinder head video on
my channel! Thanks....
NEVER USE HEADGASKET REPAIR IN A BOTTLE ....IT'LL DO MORE BAD THAN GOOD...
A quick note about head warpage....depending on the cause of your head
gasket failure, you may need to have the head and/or block resurfaced at a
machine shop. Having this done is not always necessary but may be required
if one or both of your head gasket mating surfaces is out of the
manufactured specified range for head and block warpage. Accurately
measuring this using a precision straight edge and the feeler gauges as
shown in this video is a vital step and should not be overlooked.
Cobra Engine Build Part 1
This will be the first in a series on the engine build for my Cobra. This
is a 351W bored 0.030" with a 408 stroker crank. The intake was converted
to fuel injection and featured in a previous video. I will list components
as much as I can.