Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Canada. Eastern Ontario.
Model: Ford Taurus
Engine: 3.0L 12v Vulcan V6
Rep Power: 16
About the Head Bolts.
What about getting *NEW*, replacement, high quality, high strength, re-usable head bolts from some good company like ARP Fasteners ?
Has anyone done that? Would anyone recommend that ? You think it would be very expensive?
Why go again with those "Torque to yeild" Headbolts ? If they are a one time use bolt ?
Seems like a waste ...
I think if you are going to go to all the trouble to do all this work (replace head gaskets / takes a lot of time and effort), then I think it would be wise to use the BEST gaskets and BEST parts you can find / afford. And do this job as best you can.
That job / that work is so critical to the whole functioning of the whole engine / and therefore the whole car - I do not think you want to skimp there.
Even if you've gotta borrow a couple hundred bucks off some relative or whatever - get good quality new head bolts.
Take the time and do the job properly. Research the whole job very well. And plan well, get all the supplies you'll need.
I think the car will be "out of service" for awhile - to do this job properly yourself.
Not so easy. You may wanna get the help of a garage / professional mechanic and shop - on this one.
[ A person I know, found an independent guy / an "at home mechanic" who allowed him to help himself, weekends and free times, with his engine rebuild and re-install. If you can find a mechanic who will do something like that with you, you'll learn a lot - and gain the help of an expert, and maybe his shop, tools etc. to help you with this important job ]
This major repair is gonna cost some money (probably mostly in labour) - no matter how you look at it.
I may be looking at head gaskets myself at some point in the near future, due to a possible slow coolant leak into the engine / or cylinders / not totally sure yet. I am still monitoring.
I have read a few opinions, that some think that it is "not really worth it" to spend the money and the labour to do head gaskets on an old Taurus, with many miles ... it is not an easy job / will cost a lot / not sure how it will turn out / may have other issues after. That you are better off looking for a much newer car at that point.
Personally, I am not sure, if worth it or not ... depends.
You'll have to analyse your personal situation and the car and your other options.
This stuff is never easy.