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Old 10-01-2009, 10:47 AM
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Ford won't install ARP head studs

I got a call from the dealer after they replaced my oil cooler and egr cooler than I have blown head gaskets. So I went down to talk to the tech about installing ARP head studs and he said he can't as it would violate ford regulations. I was in shock after reading about everyone getting head studs installed through warranty. I then asked the service manager if he could help me and he said head studs would void my warranty and it also requires to lift the cab or pull the engine. I thought to myself obviously ford does these as cheap as possible. Although the warranty work is nice to have because I've saved a lot of money, I'm concerned that once my warranty is up I'll blow my heads off again. The tech said "You'll be fine as long as you don't chip it." I was like "ok wonderful!". haha. FML. I currently have 70k with a 100k warranty, does anyone have any advice once I get my truck back with a new oil cooler, egr cooler, and head gaskets what I should do? Can I just purchase another 100k warranty?
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:58 AM
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That makes no sense, the heads have to be pulled either way to put gaskets on. im suprised they wont do it. I'd talk to another dealer.
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where r u located?
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It doesn't matter cause even if Ford put your studs in they are not gonna machine your heads, their specs for flatness suck etc.. Pay now to get them done right or pay later.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:18 PM
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I'm located in El Cajon CA. That in San Diego. I took it to El Cajon Ford figuring there are a ton of trucks in East County San Diego and I would have assumed they would have accepted ARP head studs to be installed. Guess I was wrong.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:20 PM
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Also, since I purchased a warranty I really don't mind everything to be done for free. What I'm saying is I guess I'd rather pay later and ride it out as long as possible. Maybe within the next 30k take it to another dealer if it happens again. I had some people on this site recommend me to some dealers a couple hours away, I should have gone there. This dealer sounded so naive, like oh head gaskets aren't really too common. "If you don't rune a programmer I won't have a problem"... Fact is anyone who can afford these $50k trucks, goes and buys a tuner for it.

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Old 10-01-2009, 12:24 PM
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I know it would be a pain in the butt to move your truck to another dealership especially if its undriveable but you should call around to other dealerships it would be worth it. The dealership I deal with keeps ARP studs in parts for one of the techs who does a bunch of side line.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:28 PM
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How would it sound if I called the dealership and said "umm I want to take it to another dealer"....
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It would sound like it's your truck and you have the right to have the work done to your satisfaction by a service department that you trust and will do the work that really needs to be done.

As was mentioned earlier in the thread make sure that the heads are sent to a machine shop to be decked. I can't tell you how many times I have heard of people not doing this and 5K later they have blown HG's again. If the surface of the head and block are not flat it won't matter what bolt or stud you put in there, it won't seal. Also mentioned earlier is the Ford spec. for flatness which is a joke.

It's your truck, do what you want but if you want my advise at least talk to a couple of other dealers and see what they are willing to do for you.

P.S. To do HG's and studs not under warranty will run you about $2500 plus machining.
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:17 PM
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To the OP:

It's very common in my area to have a dealership refuse to do headstuds... I've called 5 differen't dealerships and every single one of them said no.
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