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brownjeff, ASE Certified Technician
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Experience:  17 years experience, ASE certified, dealership certified, Service Manager for 15 years,
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how to remove and replace head gasket

Customer Question

how to remove and replace head gasket
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  brownjeff replied 9 years ago.
What is the year,make,engine,and model that you are working on?
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
2001 dodge intrepid 2.7 L
Expert:  brownjeff replied 9 years ago.

What specific do you need information on? Timing? torque of the bolts? etc. I can get what ever you need. There is a lot of information to send and I don't want to send what you don't need.





Customer: replied 9 years ago.

just what to take off. its the drivers side head in the book it talks about taking off the gear shift (its an automatic) on the inside of the car then refers me to the brake system section i just want to know if all that has to be done

Expert:  brownjeff replied 9 years ago.

I will attach instructions for removal then I will send install. If I send it all at one time it wont go through because it is to much information.







  1. Perform fuel pressure release procedure before attempting any repairs.
  2. Disconnect negative cable from remote jumper terminal.
  3. Drain cooling system and remove accessory drive belts
  4. Remove the vibration dampner
  5. Remove upper and lower intake manifolds.
  6. Remove cylinder head cover and timing chain cover.
  7. Remove water outlet connector
  8. Rotate crankshaft until crankshaft sprocket timing mark aligns with timing mark on oil pump housing.
  9. Remove primary timing chain.
  10. Remove camshaft bearing caps gradually in REVERSE sequence of installation (10-1)(see picture).
  11. Remove camshafts and valvetrain components from cylinder head . Note component locations for re-installation in original locations.
  12. Remove V-Band clamp(s) at exhaust manifold to catalytic converter pipe.

    NOTE: Do not reuse V-Band clamp.

    CAUTION: Ensure cylinder head bolts 11-9 (see picture) are removed before attempting the removal of cylinder head, as damage to cylinder head and/or block may occur.

  13. Remove cylinder head bolts in reverse sequence of installation starting with bolts 11-9, then bolts 8-1.
  14. Remove cylinder head(s).
  15. Remove and discard cylinder head gasket.
  16. Clean cylinder head and block sealing surfaces.




Expert:  brownjeff replied 9 years ago.


NOTE: The cylinder head bolts are tightened using a torque plus angle procedure. The bolts must be examined BEFORE reuse. If the threads are necked down the bolts must be replaced

Necking can be checked by holding a straight edge against the threads. If all the threads do not contact the scale, the bolt must be replaced (see picture)

CAUTION: When cleaning cylinder head and cylinder block surfaces, DO NOT use a metal scraper because the surfaces could be cut or ground. Use ONLY a wooden or plastic scraper.

  1. Clean sealing surfaces of cylinder head and block.
  2. Install new head gasket over locating dowels.
  3. Install cylinder head to block, assuring head is properly positioned over locating dowels.
  4. Lubricate bolt threads with clean engine oil and install bolts.
  5. Tighten bolts in sequence shown in (see picture), using the following steps and torque values:
    • Step 1: Bolts 1-8 to 48 N·m (35 ft. lbs.)
    • Step 2: Bolts 1-8 to 75 N·m (55 ft. lbs.)
    • Step 3: Bolts 1-8 to 75 N·m (55 ft. lbs.)
    • Step 4: Bolts 1-8 to +90° Turn Do not use a torque wrench for this step.
    • Step 5: Bolts 9-11 to 28 N·m (250 in. lbs.)
  6. Connect catalytic converter to exhaust manifold with a new V-Band clamp. Tighten V-Band clamp to 10 N·m (100 in. lbs.).
  7. Install all valvetrain components and camshafts. Tighten camshaft bearing caps in sequence shown in (see picture)
  8. Install timing chain and sprockets.
  9. Install water outlet connector .
  10. Install cylinder head covers.
  11. Install timing chain cover and crankshaft vibration damper.
  12. Install lower and upper intake manifolds.
  13. Install accessory drive belts.
  14. Fill cooling system.
  15. Connect negative cable to remote jumper terminal.