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Old 05-16-2012, 11:14 AM
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Default Replacing Head gasket, what else should i replace?

Seeing as you guys are amazing and about 100x better then the forums that are made for these kinds of questions (yes i posted on a j-body forum like 4 days ago and no responded dafuq?)

anywho, i have a 2.4L LD9 motor on my cavalier. Im going to be replaceing the head gasket and the cam gaskets and such, i was wondering seeing as ill be going thru a solid amount of work to just replace the gaskets, what else should i replace while im in there?

a few things i have on my list due to my most recent scare LOL:

Timing Chain Kit
Water Pump
Cams

Im unsure what else i should replace

any help would be awesome
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why would u ever need to replace the cams? gaskets, water pump, and timing chain should really be the only thing u would ever need to change unless u burn oil bad and then piston rings.
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why would u ever need to replace the cams? gaskets, water pump, and timing chain should really be the only thing u would ever need to change unless u burn oil bad and then piston rings.

i think the cams come with the timing chain set thats why i would have thought to replace them was common maybe just the sprockets come with it..

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Unless the head was warped from overheating then the cams would need to be checked to make sure they didn't bend being its an ohc engine
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question: how many miles on it?
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If your doing all that id take the head to the machine shop to get trued before re installing
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x389348934839 on getting the heads checked by a professional. The last thing you want to do is pay to have the gaskets done only to find out you still have pressure issues afterwards
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Yup get the head checked and if need be resurfaced while its off will raise compression slightly maybe give you a few extra ponies.

I would replace the head bolts or studs, water pump, cam gasket(s), intake and exhaust manifold gaskets, maybe spark plug tube gaskets if yours has them not sure if it does, and valve cover gasket. Shouldnt need to change the cam(s). You could do the timing chain but might not need to unless they are known to stretch or wear out over time. They are usually a hell of alot stronger than a timing belt and may not require changing.
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Take the head to a reputable machine shop and have them go through it. They'll check all the valves and make sure the head is not warped.

I highly doubt the cams or sprockets come with any head gasket kit. Most times the kit has all the seals and gaskets to replace everything you take off when you remove the head. Many manufacturers recommend you replace the head bolts as well as they stretch when installed. They have very specific torque specs and sequences to pay attention to. If you don't already have one, pick up a repair manual(Haynes, Chilton or other).
I'd probably replace the tensioner for the chain, the tensioner for the serpentine belt, the serpentine belt itself, water pump, thermostat(it has to come out to get the water pump out), crank seal at the harmonic balancer,and basically any other relatively low-dollar part that is in the vicinity of this repair. It would suck to have to do this job again to replace a $20 part.
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You'll want to go ahead and have the head shaved.

The reason the gasket is leaking is partially due to the head warping.

Go ahead and change the thermostat and head bolts while you're in there.
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