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Old 11-05-2000, 03:25 PM
jeffsr jeffsr is offline
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Location: New Bedford, MA USA
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When you torque a head down, you crush the gasket between the head and the block. The seal areas around the cylinders and head passages are crushed. This crushing starts with stage 1 of the torqueing procedure. These crush areas DO NOT rebound when the head is removed. You are asking for early failure if you try to use the head gasket again. Think about it. You get it all back together and it blows again in 5000 miles. Now you've got to pull it all down again because you tried to save $15 or $20. Are you a gamblin' man. Not me bro'. Get a new one and do it up right. Remember the famous advice of Bob Vila from this Old House. "Measure twice, cut once". Good luck and I hope you have a happy outcome. Be good to that M103 and she will make you happy!!

Jeff Lawrence
1989 300e
2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
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