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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-26-2014, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Head gaskets round 2

So when I got the truck back in 2012 it had 30k miles on it and was still under warranty. I had our diesel guy at the dealership do the job for me... heads were never checked as he said they would be fine and the head gaskets werent actually blown at the time. Well yesterday I was under the hood replacing the belt and noticed a couple dried coolant spots on the degas bottle. I removed the cap and it was a little crispy with coolant. Naturally I freak out about this so im a little worried. If I do have to do head gaskets again I would like to try doing it myself (would like to pull the cab so I can do a nice clean job) but I need to know a couple things-
- Can I re use the ARP head studs?
- I will be sending the heads to a local machine shop to be checked for flatness... I have heard many say you can machine them but ive heard meany (including Ford) say you cant. So whats the verdict on that? Btw truck is still under extended warrenty so I can get new heads if they are out of spec.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-26-2014, 05:02 AM
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Re: Head gaskets round 2

The heads can be machined but there is a very tight tolerance for what can be taken off them. Make sure you have a shop that knows what they are doing if they need machined flat. I would also have them magnafluxed for hair line cracks. I have heard that ARP studs can be reused but I would call and check with ARP to be on the safe side rather have to redo the heads again.

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Re: Head gaskets round 2

If they are out of spec. should I just forget machining them and get new heads from ford?

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Re: Head gaskets round 2

I bought new factory heads and still had them machined.

I had heard that it was a good thing to do because even new ones are not always flat and I did not want to take any chances.

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Re: Head gaskets round 2

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If they are out of spec. should I just forget machining them and get new heads from ford?
If you can get new heads under warranty why wouldn't you? Avoid the issue of a possible cracked head, issues with fuel in the coolant etc.

I work at a dealer as well, Ford says no machining but we have had them skimmed and I never had any issues with them coming back. As stated as long as the machine shop knows what they are doing and just do a light cut, you will be fine. BUT new heads = new valves, springs and seats so why not go new for cheap!
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