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Old 09-25-2010, 04:06 PM
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Headgaskets went out!

Hey guys,

So about 8,000 miles ago I had a dealership back where I used to live install new headgaskets and ARP studs. Truck was running great until about a few weeks ago, when I noticed my coolant had been puking every once in awhile. Was only using my Tow tune and it still puked. I had to get it looked at so I brought it in to the dealership down here in Sarasota and they started doing some research and tearing down the truck. After about a week of having it they called me to say the headgaskets had gone out. When they pressure tested the coolant system they said on full throttle it would build up to almost 30psi. Come to find out the reason they said they failed with the ARP studs is that the last dealership didnt clean the heads off very well and still had the original ford gaskets silicone all over. I sent pictures to my old dealership and I have insisted that they pay for this since they screwed up. Now I need another set of gaskets. The heads have a few hot spots where the coolant was seeping out in places. I'm furious that someone didnt take the time to do this correctly. What should I make sure this dealership does while the engine is apart again? I'm definitely going to check things before he puts it back together, and probably have the heads sent off to be checked. Here are just a few picks of what the heads looked like. What do you guys think? thanks
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:11 PM
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Make sure this dealer checks the heads for flatness
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Just get the heads machined for flatness, and slap her back together with ARP studs and an EGR delete. Should be good to go.
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That sucks!!! Now you got all the reason to get it done right at their expense because it was their fault!!!!!
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Make sure Dave works on your truck.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:11 PM
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Any maintenance done my the dealer has a 12yr/12mo warranty
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I would make a bet that lack of cleaning isn't the root cause of your problem, flatness is the culprit. Must must must get them machined not just check with a straight edge. good luck
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check cylinder walls too for cracks...
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:23 AM
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I know its a minor thing but check the Y pipes for cracks in the expansion joints, wayy easier to change now than 3 months later like I did.
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