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Old 02-15-2012, 06:22 PM   #121
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Good information and excellent technical writing Lugnut!

I'm preparing to pull the cylinder head and replace it on my 2003 SE as preventive maintenance at 98K miles (due to the horror stories regarding the valve seats). I also plan to replace the timing belt & water pump (kit). I'm new to this site and haven't looked around it too much, but was wondering where/how you got your factory service manual?
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Bought 'em from a member here! I think I posted a Wanted to Buy (WTB) ad in the appropriate forum.

Try eBay too. Good luck with your project.
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:20 PM   #123
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One more question...

The cylinder head you used had to have the old cam, lifters, rockers, & sprocket swapped over from the old one. Did you have to use special tools for the seal R&R, sprocket R&R, etc...? I'd like to get the valve only head due to the $avings but I may not have the required tools. The e-bay vendor says to swap these items in 10 minutes and save a bundle. 10 minutes? I think they're a bit optimistic.
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More like a couple of hours, with careful cleaning and inspecting of parts. And making careful note of the direction of each lifter and its retainer, etc.

Nothing special, tool-wise. Lots of assembly lube, though. See the lists a page or two back.
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10 minutes,,, maybe a bit more. I simply pulled out the old parts, no special tools required, and dropped them in the new head. Piece of cake.

I had the old head and the new head sitting side by side on the bench. Didn't have to clean any parts, they were nice and oily and clean as they came out of the old head. Lubed up the new head before swapping parts. Longer if you plan on replacing the cam seal, then you have to remove the cam gear. I didn't remove or replace the cam seal, just moved it from one head to the other.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:53 PM   #126
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Did you reuse the cam seal?
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Yes I did. It had no indication or signs of a leak so, back in it went.

Thats just me, I make many such "judgement calls" when it comes to repair work. You can't beat the standard advice, replace anything questionable. But I don't always follow that.

For instance, in your case with the new crankshaft and bearings, thats a good call, I can't find fault with it. However, in MY case, I would have reused both the crank AND the original bearings. I know.... radical! :)
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:42 PM   #128
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Post Check up

Just had the SPI stop by the shop a couple of days ago, for the first time. Running fine, but the owners hadn't checked anything since turning the car over to them!

Was a little over a quart low on oil; not bad for ~3000 miles. Have an oil/filter change pending, so will look for any possible leaks then. Other fluids fine.

Car needs tires too -- just ordered a set from TireRack.
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Just spent the morning on the FF. Oil/filter, check fluids and front brakes, and put new tires on it. Runs well! No evidence of leaks underneath. AC still needs a charge, though.
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im new... but how do you know if your valve seat has dropped? engine knocking? or what?
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