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Head gaskets I don't know how to change my head gaskets in my 97 aspire - or any car for that matter.  I suspect that one has been blown for months, but because all my driving was in town, it was never evidenced by the car.  A three hour trip across the state is what pushed it over the edge.  The Ford dealership told me the head gasket was  blown, and that there may be further damage in the engine itself.  How do I change the head gaskets, and then check to make sure that my engine has not been seriously damaged?

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    david mcclellan May 11, 2010

    Although changing a head gasket do not require you to be a certified mechanic. It does require the right tools, time and patients. Also you should have some mechanical skill. I would not recommend this kind of job for someone who has never worked on a car. If you have those things then start by reading. Get a manual for your car and read it. If you have access to a library you can usually find good quality service manuals there. As for inspecting the engine for other damage, this is where prior experience comes in. Such as checking the cylinder walls for scoring, inspecting the heads for any cracks around the valves. You will also have to make sure (if you reuse them), the head is milled and the valves are lapped. Just be aware of the time and expense of doing it yourself and weigh it against what it will cost to have it done. Good luck.

  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    this is not a do it yoursef job. sorry

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First up , if there was no compression test done to determine if the head gasket is in fact at fault then do not take that persons word for the fault
the original problem could be blocked radiator cores that could handle the extra cooling required by the long trip at speed, could be a problem thermostat or radiator hose collapsing
while you may now have a problem head gasket / warped/cracked head that is just the symptom of a failure elsewhere
from your statement I would recommend that you find an accredited service center with experience on your make of vehicle and get proper diagnosis and quotes as it will cost you a lot more from your inexperience if you diy

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A used engine that may have less mile than yours will cost anyway from $500.00-1,000.00 plus and additional 500-850 more labor to install engine. Here is amy advise if your engine is in good condition I would definitely do the head-gasket job on it. That should come out to be less money and you know what your getting. More than likely you would only need a head gasket job and have head cleaned and polished and would NOT need to replace actual heads. Good luck and Thanks for using FIX YA

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I would change both, as well as use new head bolts. Make sure your heads are not warped or cracked, especially the one that is leaking. There may not be any need to change the head if it is not cracked. These are prone to blowing a gasket especially after 150K miles or so. It will not cost a huge additional amount to change both head gaskets since the engine will have to be disassembled down to the heads anyway. Hope this helps you, Rick

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SOURCE: i have my check engine light on my 2003 Ford F150

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Generic Trouble Codes

P0001-P0099 – Fuel and Air Metering and Auxiliary Emission Controls

Code Description
P0001 Fuel Volume Regulator Control Circuit/Open
P0002 Fuel Volume Regulator Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0003 Fuel Volume Regulator Control Circuit Low
P0004 Fuel Volume Regulator Control Circuit High
P0005 Fuel Shutoff Valve Control Circuit/Open
P0006 Fuel Shutoff Valve Control Circuit Low
P0007 Fuel Shutoff Valve Control Circuit High
P0008 Engine Position System Performance (Bank 1)
P0009 Engine Position System Performance (Bank 2)
P0010 A Camshaft Position Actuator Circuit (Bank 1)
P0011 A Camshaft Position - Timing Over - Advanced or System Performance (Bank 1)
P0012 A Camshaft Position - Timing Over - Retarded (Bank 1)
P0013 B Camshaft Position - Actuator Circuit (Bank 1)
P0014 B Camshaft Position - Timing Over - Advanced or System Performance (Bank 1)
P0015 B Camshaft Position - Timing Over - Retarded (Bank 1)
P0016 Crankshaft Position - Camshaft Position Correlation (Bank 1 Sensor A)
P0017 Crankshaft Position - Camshaft Position Correlation (Bank 1 Sensor B)
P0018 Crankshaft Position - Camshaft Position Correlation (Bank 2 Sensor A)
P0019 Crankshaft Position - Camshaft Position Correlation (Bank 2 Sensor B)
P0020 A Camshaft Position Actuator Circuit (Bank 2)
P0021 A Camshaft Position - Timing Over - Advanced or System Performance (Bank 2)
P0022 A Camshaft Position - Timing Over-Retarded (Bank 2)
P0023 B Camshaft Position - Actuator Circuit (Bank 2)
P0024 B Camshaft Position - Timing Over - Advanced or System Performance (Bank 2)
P0025 B Camshaft Position - Timing Over - Retarded (Bank 2)
P0026 Intake Valve Control Solenoid Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 1)
P0027 Exhaust Valve Control Solenoid Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 1)
P0028 Intake Valve Control Solenoid Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 2)
P0029 Exhaust Valve Control Solenoid Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 2)
P0030 HO2S Heater Control Circuit (Bank 1 Sensor 1)
P0031 HO2S Heater Control Circuit Low (Bank 1 Sensor 1)
P0032 HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 1 Sensor 1)
P0033 Turbo Charger Bypass Valve Control Circuit
P0034 Turbo Charger Bypass Valve Control Circuit Low
P0035 Turbo Charger Bypass Valve Control Circuit High
P0036 HO2S Heater Control Circuit (Bank 1 Sensor 2)
P0037 HO2S Heater Control Circuit Low (Bank 1 Sensor 2)
P0038 HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 1 Sensor 2)
P0039 Turbo/Super Charger Bypass Valve Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0040 O2 Sensor Signals Swapped Bank 1 Sensor 1/ Bank 2 Sensor 1
P0041 O2 Sensor Signals Swapped Bank 1 Sensor 2/ Bank 2 Sensor 2
P0042 HO2S Heater Control Circuit (Bank 1 Sensor 3)
P0043 HO2S Heater Control Circuit Low (Bank 1 Sensor 3)
P0044 HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 1 Sensor 3)
P0045 Turbo/Super Charger Boost Control Solenoid Circuit/Open
P0046 Turbo/Super Charger Boost Control Solenoid Circuit Range/Performance
P0047 Turbo/Super Charger Boost Control Solenoid Circuit Low
P0048 Turbo/Super Charger Boost Control Solenoid Circuit High
P0049 Turbo/Super Charger Turbine Overspeed
P0050 HO2S Heater Control Circuit (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0051 HO2S Heater Control Circuit Low (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0053 HO2S Heater Resistance (Bank 1 Sensor 1)
P0054 HO2S Heater Resistance (Bank 1 Sensor 2)
P0055 HO2S Heater Resistance (Bank 1 Sensor 3)
P0056 HO2S Heater Control Circuit (Bank 2 Sensor 2)
P0057 HO2S Heater Control Circuit Low (Bank 2 Sensor 2)
P0058 HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 2)
P0059 HO2S Heater Resistance (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0060 HO2S Heater Resistance (Bank 2 Sensor 2)
P0061 HO2S Heater Resistance (Bank 2 Sensor 3)
P0062 HO2S Heater Control Circuit (Bank 2 Sensor 3)
P0063 HO2S Heater Control Circuit Low (Bank 2 Sensor 3)
P0064 HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 3)
P0065 Air Assisted Injector Control Range/Performance
P0066 Air Assisted Injector Control Circuit or Circuit Low
P0067 Air Assisted Injector Control Circuit High
P0068 MAP/MAF - Throttle Position Correlation
P0069 Manifold Absolute Pressure - Barometric Pressure Correlation
P0070 Ambient Air Temperature Sensor Circuit
P0071 Ambient Air Temperature Sensor Range/Performance
P0072 Ambient Air Temperature Sensor Circuit Low
P0073 Ambient Air Temperature Sensor Circuit High
P0074 Ambient Air Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0075 Intake Valve Control Solenoid Circuit (Bank 1)
P0076 Intake Valve Control Solenoid Circuit Low (Bank 1)
P0077 Intake Valve Control Solenoid Circuit High (Bank 1)
P0078 Exhaust Valve Control Solenoid Circuit (Bank 1)
P0079 Exhaust Valve Control Solenoid Circuit Low (Bank 1)
P0080 Exhaust Valve Control Solenoid Circuit High (Bank 1)
P0081 Intake Valve Control Solenoid Circuit (Bank 2)
P0082 Intake Valve Control Solenoid Circuit Low (Bank 2)
P0083 Intake Valve Control Solenoid Circuit High (Bank 2)
P0084 Exhaust Valve Control Solenoid Circuit (Bank 2)
P0085 Exhaust Valve Control Solenoid Circuit Low (Bank 2)
P0086 Exhaust Valve Control Solenoid Circuit High (Bank 2)
P0087 Fuel Rail/System Pressure - Too Low
P0088 Fuel Rail/System Pressure - Too High
P0089 Fuel Pressure Regulator 1 Performance
P0090 Fuel Pressure Regulator 1 Control Circuit
P0091 Fuel Pressure Regulator 1 Control Circuit Low
P0092 Fuel Pressure Regulator 1 Control Circuit High
P0093 Fuel System Leak Detected - Large Leak
P0094 Fuel System Leak Detected - Small Leak
P0095 Intake Air Temperature Sensor 2 Circuit
P0096 Intake Air Temperature Sensor 2 Circuit Range/Performance
P0097 Intake Air Temperature Sensor 2 Circuit Low
P0098 Intake Air Temperature Sensor 2 Circuit High
P0099 Intake Air Temperature Sensor 2 Circuit Intermittent/Erratic

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