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How to change the head gasket on a 1998 cavalier.

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Take off the belts mark timing marks before doin soo save you hours white chalk or black magic marker but then you have 16 bolts in the head have to take out then head lift off scrape old off (this is important make sure the gasket surface 100% clean then put new on and then put all back togethor make sure timing is exact you will have to unplug a bunch of senors and wires but thats around a 12 to 22 hour job depending experience make sure change oil after wards too

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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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Check your ground wires out. If your engine isn't properly grounded, then the solenoid on the starter won't kick on when you hit the ignition switch.

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for the 2.2L OHV:
(pully 8 4 1 5 9 <-- long bolts @ 63Nm (46ft/lb)
side ) 7 3 2 6 10 <-- short bolts / 10 is the stud @ 58Nm (43ft/lb)

for the 2.4l dohc are as follows:
(pully 9 3 1 5 7
side) 10 6 2 4 8
bolts 1-8 torqued to 65Nm (40ft/lb)
bolts 9-10 torqued to 40Nm (30ft/lb)

then (either engine) give each an additional 90° (¼) turn

it's best to do the tightening in stages, you don't want to go completely tight on the first pass or there will problems and you'll get to do it all over again

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SOURCE: if my 1996 chevy cavalier has no over head cam on

no you dont have to change the timing chain but if the milage is high i would recomend it

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