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Old 01 Jul 2013, 07:34 am
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Well guys finished the build on a 01 n/a pt limited. Went with new pistons, rings, bearings, core plugs, and all new seals and gaskets. I even bought mopars special bedplate sealant and gasket maker sealant for 74 bucks. started it up and to my surprise it sounded great. Then there was a leak!
On the left side of the block above the starter but below the intake it was leaking where the head meets the block. I broke it back down and put in a new head gasket and just to be safe I pulled out my straight edge and feelers.
The blueprints say no more than .004 on the block deck and it measures under .002 ...... Well I measure the reman head I bought and I couldn't get a
.002 feeler in there so I figured it was good. I reinstalled the head with new gasket and sprayed on napa gold head gasket sealer for heat transfer torqued to the books 3 step sequence plus a quarter turn, got it all back together and you wanna know something? There is a leak! same spot as before. Should I re torque the head? maybe add 5 lbs? I really am lost and could use some help with this. thanks guys
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Old 01 Jul 2013, 08:17 am
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Pick if possible. Are you sure its the right gasket for 2.4? Sorry had to ask.
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Old 01 Jul 2013, 09:02 am
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Sorry it took so long I had to find the camera. Hopefully I uploaded the pic where you can see it and I circled it in red. the head gasket was correct, it is for the 01 to 02
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Old 01 Jul 2013, 09:22 am
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the head gasket was correct, it is for the 01 to 02
Nope, that'd mean it's incorrect
'01 & '02 are different-

You are using the incorrect headgasket- There's three (with multiple minor variations)-

Small hole no bulge (up to '00)
Bulge, small hole ('01)
Bulge, large hole ('02 & up)

Was head changed?
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Old 01 Jul 2013, 09:29 am
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Are you kidding me? There where 3!? I ordered a remaned head because all the valves in the old head where bent. I don't understand though, there where to different gaskets to choose from at the parts store...one was 02 to 04 and the other was 01 to 02. I figured being is how its an 01 the 01 to 02 head gasket would work?
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Old 01 Jul 2013, 09:49 am
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DO NOT re-torque the head gasket and DO NOT increase the torque already applied on them.The head bolts are designed for an exact torque setting for stretch allowance and increasing the value could damage both the head and the bolt

For this type of engine it is better to increase the number of applied torques setting rather then the 3 steps described. More in small amounts is always better.
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Old 01 Jul 2013, 10:10 am
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Uptown has got me thinking now with the holes and I'm wondering if I have the right head? while I'm changing the gasket for the second time I should check the head to see if they shipped the correct one. If the casting for the head is the same just subtle changes to oil delivery through those holes I could see how that would ruin yet another day
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Old 01 Jul 2013, 10:14 am
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By the way, thanks for bringing it up busted. maybe I can finish this thing
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Old 01 Jul 2013, 12:39 pm
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By the way, thanks for bringing it up busted. maybe I can finish this thing
Well sounds like the newer head gasket will fix the issue. New stuff for me also. These guys are good at what they do.
Uptown would it be safe to use the newer gasket on all the pts?
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Old 02 Jul 2013, 09:47 am
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No, any head should fit that block- Both head and block are 'Bulge'-



You'll need to select the correct Head gasket.
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