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Re: I need repair instructions for changing the head...
Your best bet would be to go to a local parts store and purchase a Haynes manual for your specific vehicle, this will give you step by step instructions as well as all the required torque specs. The Haynes manuals are around $ 25.00 canadian. hope this helps you.
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It is possible, I have seen this done. You have to connect a compressor to a fitting that will screw in and seal in the hole for the spark plug for the cylinder you want to change the lifter on. Pressurize the cylinder so the valves won't drop and do the replacement. Without looking up the repair procedure for a lifter that is as far as I can go with this. In some vehicle the lifter can be replaced without removing the cam but most will require that be done. Make sure you get the repair manual on your vehicle so you have directions for removing and replacing the lifter. I know there are some shops that do this all the time but I have never done it myself.
Using that much coolant, with nothing showing outside makes me think a head gasket is going away, or it is coming out and you aren't seeing it...Check the rug inside? is it wet? Have a dye test (for a blacklight) and hydrocarbon test done...no leak can elude those and it will tell you what you need to do as a fix. No "at home" tests you can do except carefully looking everywhere, cold with cap off and hot with cap on.
Did you try changing the air breather for the motor?You need three things inorder for the engine to run well. Air,fuel,and spark.since you had a tune up and fuel flushed.I can only think of two things.First I never heard of flushing a fuel filter,you change it ( not flush it ) change your fuel filter,eliminate the guess work.And change your breather.
Changed the cylinder head gasket or valve cover gasket? Did timing chain fail or did it overheat? (can't draw a correlation between the two) If chain failed you may have bent a valve. I believe you have to go at this step by step. from what you wrote, you are not going in one direction that isn't productive. Test compression with a gauge, if you can, have a leakdown test done. You may have other problems as well and I don't see where you did anything about the cause of the overheat??? If you can, have someone with some experience help you "hands on". Good luck I'll answer whatever I can from this end.