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Head bolts are torqued quite tight, use a snipe bar on your 1/2 inch ratchet to brake the bolts free, and observe very closely the sequence for reinstalling the bolts

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I. Need. Help. With. Cam bolts. And head bolts


Part 1 of 3: Getting to the head bolts

Materials Needed
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Oil and coolant drain
  • Parts cleaner or brake cleaner
  • Shop rags
  • Socket set and ratchet1: Drain the oil and coolant. Put on your eye protection and gloves and drain the oilfrom the vehicle.
    Make sure the vehicle can not be started by removing the negative cable from the battery. Next the coolant will need to be drained so it does not leak when the head bolts are loosened.
    Step 2: Clean valve cover. Use some of the parts cleaner or brake cleaner to clean up the valve cover and as much of the cylinder head as is reasonable.Remove valve cover. If necessary, remove other components to make the valve covers accessible, and start removing the bolts from the valve cover.
    Once all bolts are removed carefully removed the valve cover from the cylinder head. If any valve cover gasket material remains, remove it at this time and clean any excess oil from the edges. Set the valve cover aside carefully as it will be reused with a new gasket once repairs are completed.

    Part 2 of 3: Pushrod engine head bolt removal

    Materials Needed
    • Head bolt socket (if needed)
    • Numbered cardboard
    • Rubber hammer
    • Socket set and ratchetStep 1: Rocker arm and rocker removal. A pushrod engine has long pushrods that protrude through the cylinder head and attach to the rocker rail.
      The rocket arm will need to be loosened first. Many manufactures have a specific sequence for removal of the rocker arm bolts. After the rocker arm is removed, the rockers will be unbolted.
      Set all rocker arms aside in the order they were removed as they should go back to the cylinder they were removed from.Step 2: Remove the pushrods. Remove the pushrods one at a time from the cylinder head.
      Put them into a numbered piece of cardboard as the pushrods will go back into the same slot they came from.Step 3: Loosen head bolts. Use the ratchet begin to break the cylinder head bolts loose.
      Each bolt will be loosened but not removed. Loosen all of the bolts before removing any of the the bolts all the way.
      Step 4: Remove the bolts. Place each bolt through a numbered hole in the cardboard in case the head bolts are different lengths so they can be installed back into the proper hole.
      The bolts may require a special socket depending on the manufacture.
      Step 5: Lift off the cylinder head. Once all bolts are removed, lift up on the cylinder headgently; the head should come free easilyIf the cylinder head sticks, lightly use a dead blow or rubber mallet to tap the cylinder head to be able to remove it. Set to the side in a safe area.
      • Warning: Cylinder head bolts have a specific sequence that is used when removing them. Consult the manufacturer's specifications for the proper removal sequence for the engine being worked on.

      Part 3 of 3: Overhead cam head bolt removal

      Material Needed
      • Socket set and ratchetStep 1: Remove the timing cover. The timing cover will need to be removed to gain access to the timing belt or chain.
        This is necessary because the cam shaft sits in the cylinder head and is attached to the crankshaft with either a timing belt or timing chain.
        Step 2: Time the engine to remove the belt. The engine will need to be timed to avoid damage when the timing belt is removed.
        Each engine is different and will have its own procedures to time. There should be marks on the camshaft and crankshaft that will be aligned to set the timing at top dead center (TDC)Step 3: Remove the timing belt. The timing belt tensioner will be removed or released to take the tension off the belt.
        Once the belt is loosened, it should be able to be slipped of the camshaft in the cylinder head.Step 4: Remove the head bolts. Every engine will have its own procedures for the order that the head bolts are removed or tightened.
        Loosen head bolts ¼ turn each in the order specified, which may require a special socket. Once all the bolts have been loosened they may be removed one at a time. The bolts must be organized or marked in case they are different lengths.
        Step 5: Remove the cylinder head. Once all the bolts are removed, the cylinder head may be removed from the engine. If it is stuck, tap lightly on the side of the head with a rubber hammer to loosen the cylinder head.
        • Warning: Most head bolts are torque-to-yield. These head bolts are single use only and once removed must be replaced. Torque-to-yield head bolts stretch when they are torqued to allow them to tighten properly and repeated application can cause the head bolt to break.
        Removing the head bolts can seem like a daunting process

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What is the cylinder head bolt torque settings fir a 4g69 mitsubishi engine ?


BOLT INSTALLATION


Apply engine oil to the thread of the bolts and to the washers.
Tighten the bolts to the specified torque, using the tightening sequence shown.
Tightening torque: 54 ft-lb +/- 2 ft-lb
Loosen all bolts fully in the reverse order of tightening.
Re-tighten the loosened bolts to the specified torque in the tightening sequence shown.
Tightening torque: 15 ft-lb +/- 1 ft-lb
This step is to make it easier to ensure you are making 90 degree turns. Make a paint mark across each bolt head and cylinder head.
Tighten the cylinder head bolts 90 degrees in the specified order.
Tighten the bolts another 90 degrees in the specified order and check that the paint marks on the cylinder head bolts are aligned with the paint marks on the cylinder head.
Link to the guide for this engine: http://www.mivec.co.nz/tech/4G9x_Engine_Manual.pdf



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Cylinder head torque specs fro 2002 dawoo


Hi Chris, I think (but not 100 percent sure). Cylinder head, torque to 19 nm, loosen 90 degrees. Retighten to 29 nm. Paint spot of white paint on front of bolt head and tighten additional 90 degrees and then another 90 degrees (Total 180 degrees) You won't be far wrong anyway. Loosen head from outside working to center. Tightening is opposite starting from center spiralling outwards. Follow tightening sequence in steps, not in one movement. I would tighten as follows; 19 nm then loosen 90 degrees, tighten to 29 nm, mark bolt heads with paint and turn each bolt 20 degrees until 90 nm and then continue tightening to full torque. Regards John

Apr 06, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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2002nissan3.5cylinderheadtorque



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Fig. Cylinder head bolt loosening sequence - Altima & Maxima 3.5L engine

Install the cylinder head bolts and torque in sequence as follows:

  1. Step 1: 72 ft. lbs. (98 Nm).
  2. Step 2: Completely loosen all bolts.
  3. Step 3: 26-32 ft. lbs. (34-44 Nm).
  4. Step 4: plus 90-95 degrees clockwise.
  5. Step 5: plus 90-95 degrees clockwise.

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Fig. Right cylinder head bolt torque sequence- Altima & Maxima 3.5L engine


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Fig. Left cylinder head bolt torque sequence- Altima & Maxima 3.5L engine

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Torque setting head 2002 nissan maxima


Hi there:

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Fig. Cylinder head bolt loosening sequence - Altima & Maxima 3.5L engine

Install the cylinder head bolts and torque in sequence as follows:
  1. Step 1: 72 ft. lbs. (98 Nm).
  2. Step 2: Completely loosen all bolts.
  3. Step 3: 26-32 ft. lbs. (34-44 Nm).
  4. Step 4: plus 90-95 degrees clockwise.
  5. Step 5: plus 90-95 degrees clockwise.

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Fig. Right cylinder head bolt torque sequence- Altima & Maxima 3.5L engine


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Fig. Left cylinder head bolt torque sequence- Altima & Maxima 3.5L engine

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How much n- m must i torque my nissan sentra 1400 gxi cylinder head


1.8L 4 cylinder

cylinder head bolt torque

bolts 1-10 ( large bolts )

step 1 21 ft lbs.
step 2 44 ft lbs.
step 3 loosen all bolts
step 4 21 ft lbs.
step 5 additional 50-55 degrees

bolts 11-15 small bolts

56-74 in. lbs

2.0L 4 cylinder

step 1 29 ft lbs.
step 2 58 ft lbs.
step 3 loosen all bolts
step 4 23-25 ft lbs.
step 5 additional 90-95 degrees
step 6 additional 90-95 degrees

Apr 30, 2011 | 2000 Nissan Sentra

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I have a 99 subaru legacy outback and am trying to find cylinder head torque specs. Cav you help me ?


sure. 2.5 liter engine, right? Thanks for using FixYa!

Secure the head in place with the mounting bolts. Coat each bolts with clean engine oil, and hand-tighten. Tighten the cylinder head bolts to the following specifications:
  1. Step 1: all bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
  2. Step 2: all bolts to 51 ft. lbs. (69 Nm).
  3. Step 3: loosen all bolts by 180 degrees, then loosen an additional 180 degrees.
  4. Step 4: bolts 1 and 2 to 25 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
  5. Step 5: bolts 3, 4, 5 and 6 to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
  6. Step 6: all bolts plus 80-90 degrees.
  7. Step 7: All bolts plus 80-90 degrees.


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Dec 22, 2010 | Subaru Outback Cars & Trucks

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What is the right Torque Specification of the cylinder head bolt,main bearing and connecting rod bearing for a 1997 Ford F 150 4.2 liter? Thank you...


Cylinder heat bolt torque:
Torque sequence --------- front | 7 3 1 5 | | 8 4 2 6 | --------- Step 1: Torque all bolts in sequence to 14 Ft/Lbs Step 2: Torque all bolts in sequence to 29 Ft/Lbs Step 3: Torque all bolts in sequence to 36 Ft/Lbs Step 4: in the sequence, loosen the cylinder head bolts three turns. Step 5: Tighten short bolt to 15 - 32 Ft/Lbs Step 6: Tighten long bolt to 30 - 36 Ft/Lbs Step 7: Tighten all bolt to 175- 185 degree note: Do not loosen all of the cylinder head bolts at one time. Each cylinder head bolt must be loosened and the final tightening prior on the next bolt in the sequence.
Main bearing torque:
Torque sequence: Step 1: torque bolts to 91 Ft/Lbs with the exception of the rear main bearing cap Step 2: torque rear main bearing cap bolts to 88 Ft/Lbs Step 3: torque brace bolts to 40 Ft/Lbs
Connecting rod torque:
Torque sequence Step 1: Torque to 29 Ft/Lbs Step 2: Turn an additional 90 degrees

May 17, 2010 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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What is the torque settings on the head bolts for 2002 nissan x-terra 2.4litre?


① Step 1: 22 ft. lbs. Step 2: 59 ft. lbs. Step 3: Loosen completely then retorque to 22 ft. lbs. Step 4: 18-25 ft. lbs. Step 5: Plus 86-91 degrees ② 10-12 ft. lbs. plus 60-65 degrees or 28-33 ft. lbs. ③ The cylinder heads and the lower intake manifold are installed together Step 1: Tighten the cylinder head bolts to 22 ft. lbs. Step 2: Tighten the cylinder head bolts to 43 ft. lbs. Step 3: Loosen the cylinder head bolts completely Step 4: Tighten the cylinder head bolts to 84 inch lbs. Step 5: Tighten the intake manifold fasteners to 35 inch lbs. Step 6: Tighten the intake manifold fasteners to 13 ft. lbs. Step 7: Tighten the intake manifold fasteners to 12-14 ft. lbs. Step 8: Loosen all intake manifold fasteners completely Step 9: Tighten the cylinder head bolts to 22 ft. lbs. Step 10: Tighten the cylinder head bolts 60-65 degrees Step 11: Tighten the cylinder head sub-bolts to 80-105 inch lbs. Step 12: Tighten the intake manifold fasteners to 35 inch lbs. Step 13: Tighten the intake manifold fasteners to 78 inch lbs. Step 14: Tighten the intake manifold fasteners to 70-84 inch lbs. ④ 10-12 ft. lbs. +60-65 degrees ⑤ Step 1: 72 ft. lbs. Step 2: loosen completely to 0 ft. lbs. Step 3: 29 ft. lbs. Step 4: Plus 75 degrees clockwise Step 5: Plus 75 degrees clockwise ⑥ Step 1: bolts 11-22 19 ft. lbs. Step 2: bolts 1-10 29 ft. lbs. Step 3: bolts 1-10 Plus 60-65 degrees ⑦ Step 1: 20 ft. lbs. Step 2: loosen to 0 ft. lbs. Step 3: 14 ft. lbs. Step 4: Plus 85-95 degrees ⑧ Step 1: 31 ft. lbs. Step 2: Plus 60 degrees ⑨ 83 inch lbs. ⑩ Stud bolt: 11 ft. lbs. Nuts: 31 ft. lbs. ⑪ Step 1: 72 ft. lbs. Step 2: loosen completely to 0 ft. lbs. Step 3: 29 ft. lbs. Step 4: Plus 90 degrees clockwise Step 5: Plus 90 degrees clockwise ⑫ Bolts: 17-24 (M8) 16 ft. lbs. Install rear main seal Bolts: 1-16 (M10) 26 ft. lbs. Bolts: 1-16 (M10) Plus 90 degrees clockwise ⑬ Step 1: 33 ft. lbs. Step 2: Plus 84-90 degrees clockwise ⑭ Intake manifold collector: Bolts and nuts: 8 ft. lbs. Stud bolts: 61 inch lbs. ⑮ Intake manifold: Bolts and nuts: 5 ft. lbs. and than to 21 ft. lbs. Studs: 8 ft. lbs.

Jan 10, 2010 | 2002 Nissan Xterra

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Head bolt toqure


Hope this helps, from autozone site. Curt
Application:
Cylinder head bolt torque sequence

Note :
Torque sequence:
---------
front | 3 1 6 |
of | |
vehicle | 5 2 4 |
---------
Step 1: Lightly oil cylinder bolt threads & washers
Step 2: Torque to 22 Ft/Lbs
Step 3: Torque to 51 Ft/Lbs
Step 4: Loosen all bolts 180 degrees
Step 5: Loosen all bolts 180 degrees
Step 6: Torque bolts 1 & 2 to 25 Ft/Lbs
Step 7: Torque bolts 3, 4, 5, 6 to 11 Ft/Lbs
Step 8: Turn all bolts an additional 80 to 90 degrees
Step 9: Turn all bolts an additional 80 to 90 degrees
*** CAUTION ***
engine uses Torque To Yield head bolts (TTY) that
permanently stretch during the initial installation.
New head bolts must be used when cylinder head is
replaced or re-installed to obtain proper Torque.

Apr 24, 2009 | 1995 Subaru Legacy

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