Do I need to replace head bolts when replacing heads?

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KERRY JOHN
  • CHRYSLER LASER

I recently replaced the heads and got a valve job on my 1990 plymouth laser. It ran great for aprox. 1 week. Then all of a sudden white smaoke come from everywher, under hood, out the exaust. Tons of white smoke. So I immeadtly stop driving, I'm sure I dodn not drive it far enought o get it hot. Anyway the question I am asking is I have heard the when replcaing the head gasket, replacing the head bolts is a good idea, because they get streched out over the years, is that true? Should I replace them. The car is 15 years old after all but, it will be well over $100 to do so. Do you think this is my problem? The car ran fine for a week before it started doing this> please please help///

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 AT 6:48 AM

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Tiny
BIGHEAD1121
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Had the same problem w/an eclipse, someone said about the head bolts to me too but I had a friend look at it and it was my injectors too expensive for what I had in the car so its sitting in the scrapyard

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 AT 7:22 AM
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Yes what u are beening told is true. Those old stretch bolts cant pull the head down tight enough to get a good seal. Causeing the new gasket u just bought to blow out. So save ur self another headache and buy some new head bolts & gasket and follow the specified torquing sequence for that car. Make sure u check oil to to make sure that no antifreeze got mixed in. Hope that answers ur?
Jess S.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 AT 12:48 AM

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