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Old 12-29-2008, 10:19 PM
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Smile Head studs one at a time

This post is for people that have done the head studs one at a time. I don't want to hear about it not going to working or not a good idea from people that have not done it this way. I could be total wrong but I am going to try to do one stud at a time and would like to hear from other people that have done it also.
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I did it one at a time on a 7.3. I am not sure how different it would be on a 6.0, but I just did it in the order that the book says, torqued them 3 times in stages.
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Well the thing is that if your gonna stud a 6.0 you should pull the heads off because there is a chance the HG could be blown or leaking already and if you stud it one by one and still have problems then your gonna have to do the work twice, kinda. Well good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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I did it one at a time on a 7.3. I am not sure how different it would be on a 6.0, but I just did it in the order that the book says, torqued them 3 times in stages.
and how many miles did you put on the truck after you did and did you have any problems with leaks? How many mile did the head gasket have on it when you did the the studs?
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Well the thing is that if your gonna stud a 6.0 you should pull the heads off because there is a chance the HG could be blown or leaking already and if you stud it one by one and still have problems then your gonna have to do the work twice, kinda. Well good luck and let us know how it turns out.
Is there a way to test the head gaskets before I do it?
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Also too the heads could be cracked or warped causing issues. I got studs when the heads were off and 5K miles later it puked horribly and its drinking coolant now. Chances are my heads are cracked and warped causing a HG issue so the studs did me no good.

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Is there a way to test the head gaskets before I do it?
Best way to check is to take the heads off and look.
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and how many miles did you put on the truck after you did and did you have any problems with leaks? How many mile did the head gasket have on it when you did the the studs?
I have put over 10k on it sense. No leaks, my head gasket has 245k on it. But 7.3s head gaskets are alot better then the 6.0s. Personaly I would pull the head on my 6.0 if I were doing studs, your already there, and problems with the HGs are not uncommon.
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A coolant pressure test will find a leaking headgasket.
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Also too the heads could be cracked or warped causing issues. I got studs when the heads were off and 5K miles later it puked horribly and its drinking coolant now. Chances are my heads are cracked and warped causing a HG issue so the studs did me no good.
Your EGR cooler is probably popped
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