On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 08:50:59 GMT, atec77
|Lawrence Glickman wrote:
|> Weise) wrote:
|> |everybody says replace the bolts-but I never do and I never have a
|> |problem. I use star washers to tighten the bolts and they never work
|> |loose. That was the major concern, the bolts working loose
|> Head bolts are designed to have a different coefficient of expansion
|> than the block metal, so as they heat up, they -tighten- on the block
|> and gasket.
|> I see no reason to change the headbolts.
|Ford Head bolts are torque type , one use and MUST be replaced or they
|will not hold correct tension , for $2.00 saving your crazy risking a
You are correct, my mistake.
I later read that the bolts can only be torqued ONCE.
Good info, thanks for the advice.
My POS 97 Tracer had a radiator leak. I brought it in today for a
recall ( airbag ) and lo and behold, radiator leaking
$584 to replace
Bent tie rod, steering knuckle
I said, "wait a minute" and inspected it myself. Sure enough. Then I
said no way I am paying that to keep the rust bucket on the road.
Next will be hoses, who knows what else. so with 50,443 miles on the
car, I traded it in for a 2003 Mercury Sable. Silly _me_ !
I could have put $2,000 worth of repairs into the Tracer, and it
wouldn't have increased Kelley Blue Book value by as much as 1 penny.
I had to -think-. I walked around for a while, thinking. Saw a good
deal on a Sable, took it home and showed it to the wife, said
whadayathink? She said OK.
So, for now, I'm out of the car repair business ;-) I retain my
status as car -maintenance- now. And am glad I sent the Escort, I
mean Tracer, on its way without throwing any more money or time at it.
But I'll hang around the n/g to _learn_ more of what I can. I am just
at the moment HAPPY to see something in my driveway besides that damn