Head Gasket DIY... any help ??

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Old 04 Oct 2005, 03:04 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Hey - 94 2.2L Camry had a leaky clamp at the bottom of the radiator,
got off the motor way last week and didn't spot the heat was through
the roof, in time for the engine to die as I stopped at the lights, it
was HOT.

Waited for a few hours, took off the rad cap, refilled with hot water,
and left the cap off while i turned it over, water flowing out the rad
filler nozzle. I diagnose that as one cooked head gasket, maybe more.

There is no way I can afford to get this done nor is the car even worth
the money to get this done.

Can anyone out there help with a DIY or a location where i can get the
info to enable me to DIY it myself, I am attempting this tonight, on
the road outside my flat, with no knowledge, other than I have to get
the head off it and prolly get it ground then replace the gasket and
the head. If that fails its going to the graveyard.

Its an awesome vehicle and the vehicle has done 475,000 k's, while the
engine is only up to about 92,000 k's and due to a recent service which
i can't prove they didn't tighten my radiator hose clamp.

It would be a real shame to see it end like this. Any help appreciated
thanks guys,

Cheers Guy

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Old 04 Oct 2005, 03:16 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Seems to me like you jumped to a big conclusion here, unless I am
missing something.

>From the info presented, I don't see that you have proven that the HG

is gone. Of course, if you just want the practice of putting a new one
on....your local library should have a camry repair manual that details
the procedure.

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Old 04 Oct 2005, 03:25 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Strongly recommend you read and understand the Factory Service Manual
for special procedures.
I believe you need to replace the head bolts because they stretch. I
think you tighten the new ones to 30 ft. lbs, then turn an additional
90 degrees.
It should all be in the manual for the 5S-FE engine.
You can read it at this link:

http://camry.turboninjas.com/

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Old 05 Oct 2005, 01:45 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"ixplorer" <look@wide.co.nz> wrote in message
news:1128452688.290347.47040@g14g2000cwa.googlegro ups.com...
> Hey - 94 2.2L Camry had a leaky clamp at the bottom of the radiator,
> got off the motor way last week and didn't spot the heat was through
> the roof, in time for the engine to die as I stopped at the lights, it
> was HOT.
>
> Waited for a few hours, took off the rad cap, refilled with hot water,
> and left the cap off while i turned it over, water flowing out the rad
> filler nozzle. I diagnose that as one cooked head gasket, maybe more.


Unfortunately, given the details, it's likely the head will need work, but
make sure the engine is pumping water out and or, running roughly due wetted
plug/s and or, evidence of a milk- coffee coloured deposits in the
oil-filler hole.

In any of these events, the head will require careful checking, once it's
off. Warp is one. If the head is warped, the cams maybe siezed, so special
care needed there. A crack test is always good insurance as well. In light
of all this, a secondhand engine may well be worth sussing out (check for
sludge in the oil-filler hole plus any signs of coolant staining on the
sides of the block). Make sure it carries a warranty.

You can be lucky. Recently I helped with a similar problem with an alloy OHC
head on a Ford 6. We got away with just a gasket which had blown between two
cylinders. It had no warp and because he had limited funds,a careful check
of the head revealed no cracks. This check was only a visual,..but we got
away with it. He had known he was losing coolant and drove the car carefully
for the few days before head removal, by continually adding water as
required. Never add cold water with engine hot, unless it's running.

If you got the head very hot, and a freeway or high speed hiway will do it
in most cases,..then careful assessment is needed, per above.

BTW, warp is easily checked: place the edge of a steel-rule along the
cleaned head surface. Then see if you can get a feeler-gauge between the
rule and the head. Maximum gap is one thou of an inch per inch of head being
checked (usually 12 inches as per steel-rule length).

Jason


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Old 11 Oct 2005, 01:19 pm   #5 (permalink)
Mark Miller
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i just did head gasket change on same motor, it is actually quite easy, send me your email address and i will type all the
intructions out for you, remeber that this car has dual overhead cams and you will also need a torque wrench, but if you keep
everytthing in time you can do it it is really easy my email address is mmiller2422@woh.rr.com on this motor the cams have to be
taken out but if you mark them where i tell you to youll have no problem and might be good idea to get a chiltons manual
"ixplorer" <look@wide.co.nz> wrote in message news:1128452688.290347.47040@g14g2000cwa.googlegro ups.com...
> Hey - 94 2.2L Camry had a leaky clamp at the bottom of the radiator,
> got off the motor way last week and didn't spot the heat was through
> the roof, in time for the engine to die as I stopped at the lights, it
> was HOT.
>
> Waited for a few hours, took off the rad cap, refilled with hot water,
> and left the cap off while i turned it over, water flowing out the rad
> filler nozzle. I diagnose that as one cooked head gasket, maybe more.
>
> There is no way I can afford to get this done nor is the car even worth
> the money to get this done.
>
> Can anyone out there help with a DIY or a location where i can get the
> info to enable me to DIY it myself, I am attempting this tonight, on
> the road outside my flat, with no knowledge, other than I have to get
> the head off it and prolly get it ground then replace the gasket and
> the head. If that fails its going to the graveyard.
>
> Its an awesome vehicle and the vehicle has done 475,000 k's, while the
> engine is only up to about 92,000 k's and due to a recent service which
> i can't prove they didn't tighten my radiator hose clamp.
>
> It would be a real shame to see it end like this. Any help appreciated
> thanks guys,
>
> Cheers Guy
>


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