Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, going to attempt head gaskets in Cadillac Engine Discussion; convinced the headgaskets are done on my 97 deville.
tried and changed everything else.
(waterpump, radiator, t stat,........)
going to ...
I tried it with the motor in and while possible, I would NOT recommend it. It all came down to one bolt for me, I managed to round the head of the bolt that goes to a timing chain guide and after that, I dropped the cradle.
It's really easy to drop it, the first time, it took me around 4 hours, now I could drop it in 2. Really the only challenge is to lift the body high enough, I have an A frame engine puller that I used. No special tools except the timesert kit.
Automobile(s): 1997 ETC (GAVE TO STEPSON 2011), 2000 DTS (RIP)
FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ
Re: going to attempt head gaskets
Right - it is a lot of work, but really not that hard, since you have the fantastic resource of this forum and threads like Zonie's and mine and others. Dropping the cradle is NOT more work - it is LESS.
Drop the cradle, do insert all 20 holes, whether they are stripped or not, and you will be fine.