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Old 01-01-2007, 03:47 PM
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5.4 Head removal question

Any reason to take the camshaft roller followers and hydraulic lash adjusters off of the head if I am just replacing the head gasket on a 5.4 Lightning? I was thinking I could just remove the timing chain and head, replace the gasket and reinstall the timing chain.
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Old 01-01-2007, 03:55 PM
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you have to remove all the belt driven accessories and intake manifold, along with the timing cover and chain. you dont have to take the cams out or anything.
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HI!... You don't need to remove any of the internals of the head to remove it. Just remove the intake manifold, head bolts timing chain and exhaust and it will lift right off. Just remember you have to remove the front timing chain cover and remove the timing chains to get the head off. It cannot be done with the timing chain cover still on. It's also a good idea to change both head gaskets at the same time. Your 90% there when you do the one side. Remember to have the deck of the heads checked. They have to be perfectly smooth for the MIL head gaskets to seal properly. I would also suggest using a COMETIC head gasket over the FORD ones.
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:01 PM
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good point^ dont get ford gaskets, mine were cut too short and i had an oil leak...
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:03 PM
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good point^ dont get ford gaskets, mine were cut too short and i had an oil leak...
HI!... At the timing chain cover, where the head meets the block?
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:05 PM
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yes, on the drivers side
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:08 PM
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HI!... All the head gaskets are known for that on the modulars. The trick is to put a dab of silicone where ever the timing chain cover touches the head gasket. Solves the problem.
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:10 PM
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really? wow didnt know that, Thanks for that tip, ill be sure to do that on my new engine... once i ever decide what kind of heads to buy
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