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Need to remove cilinderhead from a chevrolet trailblazer 2003

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Below are the instruction you well need to remove head .....good luck Removal Procedure

  1. Remove the air cleaner element.
  2. Remove the air cleaner outlet resonator. .
  3. Remove the powertrain control module (PCM) and engine wire harness bracket and related hoses and connections.
  4. Remove the generator.
  5. Remove the intake manifold.
  6. Remove the exhaust manifold. Do not remove the exhaust pipe from the manifold. Only have the manifold pushed off to the side of the engine.
  7. Position the A/C line out of the way towards the front of the vehicle.
  8. Disconnect the following cross-vehicle engine wiring harness connectors:
  9. • Engine coolant temperature sensor • Manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor • Ignition coils • Harness clamps at power steering pump • Wiring harness fastener at the right front inner fender • Throttle body • Camshaft sensors • Camshaft actuators • Fuel rail • Heated oxygen sensor (HO2S)
  10. Set aside the cross-vehicle engine wiring harness on the left side of the vehicle.
  11. Remove the camshaft cover.
  12. Partially drain the cooling system.

  13. Before performing one of the top dead center (TDC) procedures, break loose both the exhaust and intake camshaft sprocket bolts. Use a 25 mm (1 in) open end wrench on the camshaft hexes to hold the camshaft from turning. DO NOT remove the bolts.
  14. Perform one of the following methods for the service timing procedure.
  15. First Method--Rotate the engine clockwise by hand to TDC on the compression stroke by using a piston TDC indicator tool and/or dial indicator in the number 1 cylinder.
  16. First Method (continued)--The TDC indicator tool graduation marks on the shaft should note top of the piston stroke.
  17. First Method (continued)--When the piston is at TDC, the flats at the rear of the camshafts will be facing up and level when using a straight edge across the camshaft flats.
  18. Second Method--Rotate the crankshaft in the engine rotational direction clockwise until the number 1 piston is at TDC on the compression stroke. The word Delphi on the exhaust camshaft position actuator will be parallel with the cylinder head to cam cover mating surface. When the piston is at TDC, the flats at the rear of the camshafts will be facing up and level when using a straight edge across the camshaft flats. A 0.005 inch feeler gauge should not slide under the straight edge (1).
  19. Use a white paint pen or equivalent to place a reference mark on the harmonic balancer to the front cover for alignment purposes.
  20. Lower the vehicle.
  21. Important: If the timing is correct (TDC compression stroke number 1 cylinder), the camshaft flats will be in the up position.
    Install J 44221 to the back of the camshafts.
  22. Remove the upper timing chain guide to the cylinder head.
  23. Clean the timing chain and gears with brake cleaner or suitable solvent. Use a white paint pen or equivalent to place a reference mark on both timing gear sprockets and the timing chain to mark location prior to disassembly. It is recommended that the paint marks be in the 12 o'clock position.

  24. Install EN-48464 . It is important to install the tool with the proper orientation and to ensure that it is seated square against the timing chain and against the timing cover center bolt.


  25. The narrow ramp of the wedge tool needs to be placed so that it faces the timing chain.
  26. The wedge tool should be lightly seated using a couple of very light taps with a small plastic or brass hammer. The wedge tool will be fully seated against the tensioner after it moves about 25 mm (1 in).
  27. Once the tool is correctly installed, unscrew the handle and remove the handle

  28. Remove both upper cylinder head access hole plugs from the front of the cylinder head.
  29. Remove the 1 long and 2 short cylinder head bolts next to the exhaust and intake timing chain tensioner shoes and discard the bolts.
  30. Remove both upper timing chain tensioner shoe bolts.
  31. Remove the exhaust and the intake camshaft sprocket bolts. Discard the bolts.


  32. Carefully remove the exhaust and intake camshaft sprockets with the timing chain from the exhaust and intake camshafts. The illustration shows the exhaust camshaft sprocket already removed.


  33. Remove the sprockets from the chain, tie a piece of mechanic's wire on the timing chain and let it drop.


  34. Before removing the cylinder head bolts, use a drift punch and hammer to shock the bolts. This will ensure that the cylinder head bolts will not strip out the threads in the engine block or break. If a bolt breaks during engine disassembly, EN-47702 is available to assist in the removal of the remaining bolt segment.
  35. Remove the cylinder head bolts. Discard the bolts.
  36. Remove the cylinder head.
  37. Place the cylinder head on a flat, clean surface with the combustion chambers face up, in order to prevent damage to the deck face.
  38. Remove the cylinder head gasket.
  39. Discard the gasket.
  40. Remove all remaining gasket material from the engine block.
  41. Inspect the cylinder head gasket mating surface on the engine block.
  42. Clean and inspect the cylinder head.
  43. Disassemble the cylinder head if necessary.

Posted on May 23, 2011

  • jcp3140 Jul 13, 2011

    i had a friend take my head off a 2003 trailblazer 4.2l. i didn't not have time to do it. He never set to TDC and now i am stuck putting it back together. I need to know do i need to get block to TDC before installing head and setting timing? And if so what is best way for me to do this?

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