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Old 02-26-2014, 05:15 PM
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Well, Here we go again.

After 29k miles towing last year, it's looking like the heads have to come off....ugh. Still have 9k miles on my warranty. Not sure if I want to use the warranty or do it myself. Of course it always happens when I need the truck the most and the funds are low.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:22 PM
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I would use the warrenty at the cost of a head if one is cracked will out weigh any increase in labor cost between doing it on your own or dealer rates. Besides most warrenty cover labor doen't they?
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:34 PM
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yes but will the dealer do the right thing and have the heads checked beyond a straight edge and a feeler gauge......that question scares the hell out of me.
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When I was at the dealer, we were told that ford doesn't allow for machining of heads, and we were to replace them if they were out of spec. We were instructed to check them with a straight edge and feeler gauges, and in some cases, check overall thickess of the head to make sure that too much material hadn't been removed. You could probably request to take ur heads to a machine shop and have them checked or resurfaced there, but itdd probably be on ur dime.

Btw, the max u can safely take off is eight thousandths, but you might get lucky and only need to take a few off. If u take too much off ull have piston to valve clearance issues.
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Well if the heads are out of spec does Ford replace them on their dime or mine?
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So the battle has begun to get the warranty to cover. What a PITA. The Ford dealer has dropped the ball on the diagnosis so far. We know it's the head gaskets but the tech hasn't written the report clean so the warranty inspector is not giving the OK yet. They have seen an increase in pressure in the degas bottle but the inspector is saying it's within ford spec. I am saying if it's 2 gallons low on coolant the system won't build the pressure to blow past the cap......so now we are waiting for Monday to hear if the tech topped off the bottle. This is turning into a major headache. If I had the time I would have just done it myself. ughhh!!
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:15 PM
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Man, this sux, is Ford going to put head studs or use head bolts? I'm assuming you're doing an extended warranty? I had a PITA experience with the AUDI dealer, not going to go there, grew a few gray hair's just dealing with the headache, and still wasn't covered had to shell out $480 for a part that I could've fixed my self for $90, but I brought it in because I had the so called "bumper to bumper" warranty. What a PITA experience.
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Warranty will cover. Dealership wants to rob me for an extra G to do studs. Screw that. Let them do the job with bolts. I'll do the studs one at a time when I get it back.
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Damn a whole grand to do the studs, what? Ridiculous, they're already in there, why not charge for the arp studs and labor is the same, whether do studs or bolts. Thats just B.S.

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Sorry to hear about your troubles ........

I agree Max, 1000 bucks is a rip off, that's a shame
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