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Anyone down to take on a blown head gasket job in Norcal?

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by grand, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Jan 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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    grand

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    Im new on this forum. Hello! :)

    Im located in Alameda. I can pay in cash and or beer, hell, even hard liquor. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Depending how efficient you are to get this done, tiddy bar I can take you there too!

    I have a 97 Tacoma 4 cylinder, base model 5speed. Theres coolant in one of the cylinders and im running on 3 cylinders. I did not drive the car once I noticed this issue.

    I hoping someone thats capable of doing this job locally. I want to avoid the dealership rape session as much as I can.

    Anyone down to help a brother out?

    John
     
  2. Jan 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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    I wish i could, but i swore off side jobs 2 years ago. I will ask some guys i used to work with.
     
  3. Jan 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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    dually

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    Should take you about 4hours said and done. Its easy, good luck.. I've done them plenty.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM
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    i have no experience with that but willing to help, howdy neighbor, hayward here.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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    Make sure you get the head resurfaced when you do the head gasket and while you at it why dont you do a valve job, thats what i do everytime i pull a head.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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    I can do it. 1500 though. I can take partial payment in kettle corn. lol
     
  7. Jan 11, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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    Head gasket job will take about 2 days. Depends on turn around time on machine shop. You should send the cylinder head to a machine shop for pressure testing & resurfacing before reinstalling it. Straight edge the block to check for warpage. Make sure all surfaces are prepared & clean. Good time to do a valve adjustment by replacing shims that are out of spec.
     
  8. Jan 12, 2013 at 5:00 AM
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    Just a note, I believe the 3RZ-FE head bolts are TTY, so you'll need a new set every time you take it off.
     
  9. Jan 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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    Maybe a magnaflux too?
     
  10. Jan 14, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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    You cannot magnaflux aluminum. Pressure testing is one way to check for cracks on aluminum heads.
     
  11. Jan 14, 2013 at 4:19 AM
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    Dye penetrant is what works for aluminum. Magnaflux or dye penetrant on steel.

    What was the cause for the blown gasket? It will be a key factor on if it's worth replacing the gasket, or the whole engine.
     
  12. Jan 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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    Didn't know they were aluminum. Last truck I owned had cast heads so it came to mind.
     
  13. Jan 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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    Hasen't every yota yead since the late 70's been aluminum. I can't think of one thats not.

    when i redbuilt my 2rz head i re-used head bolts and had no issues. As long as you check thickness of bolts and clean out bolt threads with a tap and compressed air you should be fine. Now tourging down an iron head is a different story and i wouldn't recomend re-using those bolts even though did once cause they typically are good for one re-usage.
    I would never take the head off without making sure it needed re-surfacing and cheking for leaky valves. So it could be 4-6 hours or several days depending on what shape its in.
     
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