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post #1 of 31 Old 11-28-2012, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Head gaskets again!!!!

Put on about 10,000 km since arp studs and head gaskets and I'm back to get fuel filters changed and had then pressure test the cooling system and its leaking again!!!!!! They said probably a faulty gasket. I'm really hoping its not heads cause I can't afford that after the last 8000$ bill. The truck is running a mild tune and I don't tow and rarely go over 2000rpm. Very frustrated

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So, I think this is the 2nd time in a few weeks I've seen ARP stud installs and possibly leaking head gaskets. Hopefully, this isn't the case.

Did the shop torque them down in the correct sequence to the correct spec? If you had a Ford dealership do it, they may have torqued the studs down to the original torque spec which may be different (less) than that of ARP (who now has 2 or 3 different torque specs).


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I talked to him about that this morning and he followed the arp instructions to a T. I was looking over pics of the job and see arp instructions as he was tourquing them. Ford says the heads cannot be machined. They said they would cover this under warranty if its a faulty gasket but the way my luck is going it will be the heads.

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Shouldn't it all be under warranty I spent 8800 to be exact and the problem is not fixed

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Shouldn't it all be under warranty I spent 8800 to be exact and the problem is not fixed
I would think they should warranty their work. Hopefully it all works out for you.

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The only way they can really escape responsibility here is if the ARP studs are at fault (at least in my opinion). If the heads weren't flat, shouldn't they have checked that the first time?

If they do end up doing head work again, I'd have them recheck the torque on the studs just in case.

Hope it works out for you and let us know what happens.


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I agree with you I thought this would have been checked the first time they said they didn't check the heads cause have not seen problems with 6.4 and all there other jobs they did were fine. Can I re-use the headstuds if they were not the issue

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From what i have heard the head studs can be reused. Why did they say they cant machine the heads?

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Sorry to hear that man, hope it all works out. I question why they cant machine the heads. It would have to be a pretty good crack to not be able to, and that size crack should have been seen the first time Im guessing. ARP studs can be reused by the way.

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Ill keep you guys updated I'm stressing about it quite a bit they are going to tare into it Thursday or Friday

01/07 Job 1 F350 H&S Tuned. ARP Studs, AFE 4'' straight pipe, EGR delete with elbow, AFE stage 2 CAI, 6'' lift on 37s, 20x12 Fuel Nuts two piece, Sinister coolant filter, CCV Mod, Projector headlights HID kit
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