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4 years 2 months ago - 4 years 2 months ago #146473 by Verano
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I am doing a head gasket replacement on my 96 Tacoma 2RE. I have the head removed and have already had it machined and pressure tested at the machine shop. All good. Now painstakingly cleaning the block. Such a pain. Anyway, are there any recommendations as to something else I should change while I'm here? Also, I'm poor, otherwise I'd be changing my chain and water pump. So, really, this is for small things like a PCV and such. Thanks!
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4 years 2 months ago #146476 by Verano
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Also, it is a 2.4L with timing chain. This old baked on gasket is tough without being able to sand it much. I am afraid that I already have a lot of dirt in my coolant passages and cylinders, and no compressed air. Will take a vacuum to it.

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4 years 2 months ago #146477 by Verano
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Also, I posted in the wrong forum. Sigh* Rough day.

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4 years 2 months ago #146491 by lar1969
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Verano wrote: Also, it is a 2.4L with timing chain. This old baked on gasket is tough without being able to sand it much. I am afraid that I already have a lot of dirt in my coolant passages and cylinders, and no compressed air. Will take a vacuum to it.


Make sure not to gouge the mating surface(s) as you are prepping it. I have used a razor blade while applying gentle pressure when prepping my for my valve cover gasket replacement. I might suggest using a plastic tool i.e. scraper (like a painter uses for applying spackling compound), on the metal surface to reduce the chances of damaging the mating surface. It is too important to risk messing it up.

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4 years 2 months ago #146492 by lar1969
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Verano wrote: I am doing a head gasket replacement on my 96 Tacoma 2RE. I have the head removed and have already had it machined and pressure tested at the machine shop. All good. Now painstakingly cleaning the block. Such a pain. Anyway, are there any recommendations as to something else I should change while I'm here? Also, I'm poor, otherwise I'd be changing my chain and water pump. So, really, this is for small things like a PCV and such. Thanks!


I have recently purchased a timing belt and water pump kit at Rock Auto for my 02 Saturn LW300 for a little over $100.00. While you have access, you should replace those components, if you can. Way cheaper than having to buy a remanned engine later.

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4 years 2 months ago #146975 by andrewbutton442
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There are plastic razor blades you can get. Try that. Steel blades on aluminum risky business.

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4 years 2 months ago #147353 by Verano
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I have used a razor blade, and was careful not to nick anything. No luck getting it absolutely clean. There is still some old gasket baked on, but I will use a hand plane sander to finish it off. It is tough without power tools. Thanks for the info. I may get a water pump while Im here. Any recommendations for a brand to go with?

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