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I have a 1999 ford ranger 3.0 and im having to replace the head gaskets while i got the heads off i wanna clean the pistons and wanna know if turning the motor over by hand will mess up the coming

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Yes you can BUT make sure you bring it back to its timing makes you started with. Spray a little WD40 around the side wall the the cyl. so the rings and pistons move smoothly, then clean and respray before each turn.

Hope this helps Mike

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SOURCE: blown head gasket. will rebuilt .uch pressure on pistons and rings, causing failure

The conventional wisdom is that this is a possibility with high mileage engines. But the option of just rebuilding the head versus the entire engine would make the choice easy for me -- I'd rebuild the head... I would say the probability that a new head would damage the engine is kinda low.

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it can be fix as long as the rod didnt come through the side.or cylinders walls deeply scorned that it cant be honed out .if crank journal damage bad enough after throwing a rod.if all these incidents happen the engine has to be replaced .if engine hydrostatic lock cause antifreeze leak it can be will have to tear engine back down.besure coat head bolts with non hardening sealant like permatex keep coolant leaking out of cylinders that what lock up engine.

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SOURCE: Im replacing the head gasket on my 94 GS300 and

step # 1 tighten 25 ft lbs,
step# 2 tighten 90%
step # 3 tighten another 90%
note do in sequence start closest to belt one head at a time start at the bottom 1 then to the top all the way to the other side is 2 then back to other side on top now is 3 then back to other side bottom is 4 keep do this working your way to the center do this with each step thats the sequence. hope this helps. note thses are strech bolts use new ones dont reuse old ones, put a little oil on threads. good luck.

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