2004 Dodge Ram head gasketz

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  • 2004 DODGE RAM

Engine Mechanical problem
2004 Dodge Ram V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 77000 miles

Water pump went out, motor heated and I think head gasket bad or warped heads. I'm handy around this type of work but do not do for a living. Want to know if you would advise for or against me doing this job on my own. Do not want to spend 1500.00 but also don't want a poor outcome

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Friday, October 2nd, 2009 AT 9:26 PM

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If you've pulled / re-installed heads before, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to do it again. Personally I'd want the factory service manual handy, but you can also use a notepad & a shirt-pocket pack of wire number strips you can get @ an electrical supply house to mark wires, hoses, etc. As you remove them. I've used different colors of electrical tape too - just a way of marking items so you can make sure everything goes back where it's supposed to.

And if you've got a pane of glass larger than a cylinder head, there's a fairly simple way of seeing if the heads are warped - tape a piece of emory cloth down tight to the glass & coat the surface of the head with mechanic's blue dye. Circle the head around on the emory cloth a few times, then flip it over & have a look - if the dye is scratched in some places & not in others, that will tell you where the high & low spots are. Hopefully the dye will wear away evenly & if so, then the head should not need to be surfaced.

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