: To fix the Blown Head Gasket, how hard is it if DIY?

01-07-13, 12:02 AM
how hard is it if DIY? I don't have much experience but I'd like to learn. I changed timing belt for my old small car and that was the hardest one I ever did.

01-07-13, 12:41 AM
Look at my started threads i posted a guide on removing the engine. Youre gonna be way in over your head...when it comes to the Northstar Head Gasket repair..

01-07-13, 03:10 PM
Drop the drivetrain out the bottom. Pull the heads. Drill and retap the bolt holes. Install inserts or studs. Revers the procedure. Easy eh! Check the Tech Tips section. There are several tutorials in there.

01-07-13, 06:58 PM
LOL Ranger! Not so easy for the DIY'r is it. And the thread cert kit is a must. Even changing the water pump on these is a major headache for the avg handy man.


01-07-13, 09:17 PM
Yes, inserts are a must once the heads are removed.

W/P is actually pretty easy, but you DO need the W/P socket.