replacing head gaskets and need help removing head bolts!!! [Archive] - Forum


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07-16-2007, 10:52 PM
any tips for removing the cylinder head bolts??
i was using a socket with a 3/8" ratchet and broke the ratchet. then used a 1/2" ratchet and cracked the socket. are these bolts reversed threaded or seized on? should it be that difficult to remove them?? any suggestions?

07-16-2007, 11:48 PM
When I changed my head gaskets they were very difficult to remove. I'd suggest a long breaker bar and a high end socket, and no, they are not reverse threaded. Maybe even try a impact socket if you keep breaking them.

07-16-2007, 11:57 PM
They are jusr very tight, and they are torque-to-yield bolts so they stretch a tad as they are tightened. Use an impact socket, a long breaker bar, and let 'er rip.

07-17-2007, 04:38 AM
Got mine off no problem. I used an impact. Be sure to use an impact socket also, not a chrome one or its going to snap.

07-17-2007, 09:20 AM
im gonna go buy an impact and try that.

thanks everyone!!!

07-17-2007, 12:28 PM
it worked! went to napa and bought a 15mm deep impact socket, used a normal 1/2" ratchet with a 2' breaker bar and all 16 bolts came right out. it almost seemed like using this socket made it easier, less resistence on my part! the alloy steel socket definitely helped