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Reinstalling new cylinder head..... I 't have a

Customer Question

Reinstalling new cylinder head..... I don't have a "bigass" socket for the driveshaft to align the timing belt cutout things. So I took it off not at TDC. How can I ensure I don't have problems? Also, there were no problems with the head gasket.... no
leaks. Should I measure the head and the top of the cylinder still?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Are you asking for the timing steps?

Prior to answering what needs to be checked, why are you doing this repair?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Oh, check the images.15 psi compression on one cylinder, misses below 3k RPM. Clearly a burnt valve from diagnostics and from the picture.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am asking for "what to do" advice beyond the factory instructions.How clean should the mating surfaces be? Should I measure them before reassembling even though both engines had good head gaskets and ran well, except for the burnt valve.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Yes you for sure should clean the head and block surface with a scraper then a wire brush. I like to wrap a 2x4 in 200 grit paper and block sand the surface just a little to get it good and smooth and clean as well to identify any high and low spots that may need to be addressed to get proper sealing.

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Thanks Chris