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Old 02-04-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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It's official, blown head gasket :/ Please help!

So a quick recap, about 6 months ago I boosted my 2002 svt focus and had tons of problems. (the car is old and tired) Fast forward to now and the past few weeks the car started to get terribly fumey inside until eventually it was not safe to drive as I pulled over and practically jumped out of it. I was dizzy and lightheaded from the fumes which smelled like exhaust and a burning smell. I thought I had an exhaust leak but couldn't find anything, I tightened up my vband flange where my downpipe connects to my turbo, I tightened the bolts on the t4 flange where my headers connect to my turbo, I fixed a slow coolant leak that was dripping onto the downpipe and burning, and STILL had fumes. Then yesterday I was driving home from school and the fumes suddenly became really really bad to where I felt as if I was suffocating and smelled like something was burning. I ditched the car in a parking lot and walked home lol. It was cold and it sucked. Today we went to get it and I drove it back to my house as quickly as I could with someone following me, however the fumes were not as bad for some reason. It's smoking out of the exhaust bad, especially after leaving a red light. While in my driveway and looking under the hood and revving it, we noticed bubbles in the coolant tank...fml. I searched but could not find a "how to" for the svt focus head gasket R&R. I can do it, as I just did the timing belt and vct sensor, I just want some instructions lol.


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Old 02-06-2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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If u already done the belt its not too much more. Take off the intake manifold. Then the turbo manifold. Coil pack/t stat housing. Remove the bolts that the power steering bracket is on the head. U have to remove the cams to get access to the head bolts. On the cam do not mix up the cam bridges(label and put back after u number them). Once the cams are off head bolts then the head is off. Also don't remove or mix up the cam buckets for that there are measured for each valve. Clean the block and head. Now I would have the head checked for straightness/valve job or a built head. Then reverse for install. Also maybe run a thicker headgasket depending on ur compression ratio. I found torque specs on the other site when I did my head swap
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What about some head studs while ur there?

Its pretty easy. My focus was the first car I did a head on (only a few months ago) and I didnt run into any problems. Not too many plugs/sensors to remember either. Just make sure you label your bolts and put them in a can/magnetic tray.
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absolutely do head studs especially if its boosted, c-f-m has them. DO NOT reuse the head bolts, they are torque to yield aka one time use.

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I just did mine with longs of other stuff and it only cost me 250 bucks doing the work myself
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Definitely have an exhaust leak somewhere. Drive with the windows down....lol
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If u already done the belt its not too much more. Take off the intake manifold. Then the turbo manifold. Coil pack/t stat housing. Remove the bolts that the power steering bracket is on the head. U have to remove the cams to get access to the head bolts. On the cam do not mix up the cam bridges(label and put back after u number them). Once the cams are off head bolts then the head is off. Also don't remove or mix up the cam buckets for that there are measured for each valve. Clean the block and head. Now I would have the head checked for straightness/valve job or a built head. Then reverse for install. Also maybe run a thicker headgasket depending on ur compression ratio. I found torque specs on the other site when I did my head swap
Ok sounds good. What will cleaning the block and head consist of? How do I check the head for straightness? Does it need to go to a machine shop for that? (really don't wanna take it anywhere) and valve job and built head sounds expensive and silly for such an old car. For the headgasket, I asked tom and he said use the same stock svt headgasket, but if i'm boosted wouldn't it behoove me to use a thicker cometic one? and if so, what size?
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absolutely do head studs especially if its boosted, c-f-m has them. DO NOT reuse the head bolts, they are torque to yield aka one time use.

http://focus.c-f-m.com/fasteners_1.aspx
Yup, gonna do arp head studs and arp main studs.
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Several people with boost have had probs with Cometic...
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