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Old 12-30-2011, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have to replace the head gasket on my 323i. i have stripped the head and removed head bolts, how do i remove the head from the cylinder block with out causing damage as it won't budge. any advice would be appreciated.
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Have you disconnected the timing-chain? If yes and everything else is disconnected, then it just simply might be stuck to the gasket... Might be easier to lift/prise off using the manifold !
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secondry timing chain removed and primary chain ddisconnected. i thoght it might just be bonded to the gasket and am just worried in case i damge the gasket face when removing it seems to be solidly fixed.
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It will be on locating dowels too, tap it with a rubber mallet or a block of wood/hammer (not too hard mate !!
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thanks for that, i'll let you the result tomorrow.
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Have a friend nearby dude, might be a tad heavy !
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I am sure you no you have to disconnect the Manifold from exhaust system! the exhaust is heavy, or you can remove the manifold from the head before you lift will save you a lot of weight. If you disconnect the exhaust from the manifold then get under the car and push the manifold up and down not too hard it should loosen or grab one side and tug. Just in case make sure you have all the bolts out look at nearest fire wall side of the head after the valve train.

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thanks for that. worked a treat. now the labourious task of puuting it all back together.
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