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03 focus head removal

Hi Shaun you said to get in contact with you if I needed more help with my focus I replaced the timing belt but as you said I think it's done it's damage to the head. so can you give me the head's up on how to take the head off the motor I've got all the right tools for the job including the torx bits which are for the timing gear pulleys and other bits but I've never done something this techincal before. again thanks for any help you can give me. and I hope to hear from you soon

Reagrds David Boghossian

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  • fordfury Jun 23, 2008

    Hi again,

    I wants to know the touque settings on the headbolts and the camcaps.

    I took of the head removed bent valves 14 of the 16:( was bent.

    I wants to know where I can buy replacement valves and headgasket set.

    Thank you




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Mark all the caps (cams) clearly punch them so you are sure they will be installed in the same order. Pull off exhaust manifold. Remove all injector plugs and wiring (look carefully) remove cams. Remove cam followers Carefull one lot is different to the other side take note and mark them.remove head bolts-remove head.The head should be sent to a specialist, to save money you could supply the valves and the gasket set. Should be available from any good after market spares outlet. My advice is to use new head bolts. Torques differ engine to engine but normally I use 20nm + 40mn + 90 degrees + 90 degrees but please check specs for your vehicle.While the head is off check condition of pistons, if all the valves took a hiding so did the pistons (could be collapsed) get someone to look and give you advice, could save money in the long run. Not such a bad job to pull the sump and do a proper job anyway. Also get your injectors checked/cleaned if you can afford it- usually a problem on these motors. Sorry for slow reply been ill. Let me know - Shaun

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