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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You have to remove the oil pan - harmonic balancer - timing cover to replace timing chain... to replace cylinder head gasket and not the chain -- you need an assistant to hold the camshaft gear with chain on it. Suspending it with wire to keep the chain from moving the timing (do not let the chain relax as it will come off the crankshaft gear and change the timing)
Posted on Dec 04, 2009
SOURCE: blown head gasket
Check for possible water in oil, also remove radiator cap and start engine does water want to pump out of radiator, is there white smoke coming out of tail pipe, if yes to any of those blown head gasket, if not sure yet remove spark plugs crank engine over is there any coolant coming out of spark plug holes, if yes blown head gasket, and last have a block test any repair shop can do this.Good luck
Posted on Dec 30, 2009
sounds like you have done a lot with this there is a few things that you can do to ensue every thing is running right.
first if you can get a handheld thermal gun and check the temperature at the temp sensor on the radiator or block then see what it reads compared to the guage to ensure the guage is correct.
next check the temperature at both the top and the bottom of the radiatoer if there is a big difference in temps the radiator is partially blocked a radiator will increase 30 to 100 degrees if the radiator is 20 percent blocked.. also check to ensure that the radiator hoses are not collapsing.
Now ensure that you are not gettin air in the system by way of the water pump gasket or by loose hoses ok?
and finaly check to ensure that the heater core is not leaking and drawing air into the system or is clogged this will make a vehical give the overheating symptom also ok?
Let me know how this is going
Best regards mikle
Posted on Jul 07, 2010
SOURCE: Where is the thermostat in
if the temp in the city is just over the center, that may be normal (test the anti-freeze with a hydrometer or you can have your mech test it for you). with out knowing the engine that you have in the truck I can't give you the exact specs for it. however, having said that,
from what I have found out so far, it seems that the thermostat is at the front of the engine on top. follow the upper radiator hose down to the housing which has 2 bolts holding it on. if you do want to replace it yourself, you will want to drain some of the fluid off. (try hard to catch what comes out as that it tastes good to animals and is toxic to them) there is a drain plug at the bottom of the radiator, but I've heard that it tends to break very easily, so you may want to pull the lower hose from the radiator instead. it will probably need about a quart drained off. then pull the upper hose off the housing and take out the bolts. scrape off the old gasket and install a new gasket and thermostat (make sure to make note of which way the old one faced first) you can ask your local parts person what temp to replace it with for where you live and how you drive. good luck!!
Posted on Mar 03, 2011
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