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S14 Head Extraction Part II

Today I got around to resuming the head removal. I didn’t have much left so it went pretty quick. The intake and exhaust manifolds were left on for ease…or lazyness.    Once the head was off I didn’t find anything catastrophic, although the head gasket was pretty beat. No cracks that I can see. I checked the head surface with a steel straightedge – good there too. The coolant holes on the gasket seemed cruddy and rusty. I assume there wasn’t a good seal between cylinders 2/3 and the oil/coolant passages. I noticed while removing the head bolts that the bottom (exhaust side) ones seamed to come off easier. The top ones came off with a good snap – the bottom ones with a mild snap. Maybe the bolts just needed tightening?  Also, 3 of the exhaust side bolts were corroded with what almost looks like carbon deposits (pics soon). I’m not 100% sure what went wrong. I’ve got a new BMW head gasket going in on Saturday. Hopefully it’s just a leaky gasket. No mulah to spend on a rebuild right now.

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One Response to “S14 Head Extraction Part II”

  1. Peter Chang Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hey, I’m the seller for the thermostat on S14.net. I wasn’t getting my notification on S14.net so I went ahead and changed to a new email address. Somehow this lead to my account getting locked and now I can’t access my account. Please email me at silverap1@hotmail.com. Thanks

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