Hope I steered you right. Be sure to use an air tool with a scuff pad to clean all the old gasket material off the block and provide the proper surface finish for the gasket to bite into. It's best to have the manufacturer's service manual in front of you to help with things like head bolt torque. There's a special tool, like a weighted wrench, used to set the tension on the timing belt. Any auto parts store or tool truck guy will have it.
One of the most common problems people run into is the cooling system has to be burped of air, otherwise it will overheat. If I had the upper radiator hose off, I started to fill the radiator first and used a small screwdriver to push the thermostat open so the air could bleed out. You can fill the coolant enough that it runs out by the thermostat, THEN put the hose on. The thermostat has to be hit with hot coolant to open; hot air won't do it.
If you already have the hose on and the engine is running, there are hex plugs and / or temperature sensors on top of the thermostat housing and on the driver's side. You can remove any of those things while the engine is running to get the air out. Once the thermostat opens, any air will go out to the radiator and no further bleeding is needed.
Have an engine machine shop check the head for flatness. The industry standard for an aluminum head is.002" max. In any direction. I've seen people use heads with more warpage than that and get away with it but I wouldn't trust my luck that much.
Be sure to use compressed air to blow any debris out of the head bolt holes. If gasket material falls down in them, a bolt could butt up against it and give a false torque reading.
If you have to remove the alternator and it's mounted up high, as in right behind the head light, watch the long bolt in the front for the presence of a big washer on one end. That is a rubber mount to isolate it from vibration, and being flexible, the alternator could move sideways as little as 1/16" and cause a belt squeal. There was a service bulletin that explained how to pop a washer on one end to reposition the alternator to stop the squeal.
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 5:12 AM