Hello to the Tacoma world forums!
Recently got my truck back from my parents after being overseas for a bit, and unfortunately learned that the number 3 cylinder (4 cylinders overall) was leaking about 85% of its compression. The valves on that cylinder are worn, probably burnt, and I need to have them re-machined. That is what the mechanic in the Sacramento area told me.
Well, seems like that job will cost somewhere in the area of 1,800 dollars if I take it to a shop. Now neither my parents nor I can fork over that money right now. So my question is......
As a amateur mechanic, loaded with patience, time, and a desire to learn more about my truck, (and to save money) what is the chances of removing the cylinder head and gasket myself?
My chilton manual makes it seem like its mostly a matter of unhooking and disconnecting things in the right order, and making sure that I put everything back in the right place. I would label the hell out of everything that I disconnect.
Any feedback from people that have done this, or know about removing a cylinder head is much appreciated. Advice on required tools, tricky parts, or complicated settings that would have to re-done would be excellent. I can afford to leave my truck in the driveway for a bit while I learn and read up.
Thanks much, and hope to talk again soon.