How to Check a Cylinder Head for Flatness?

Answer The cylinder head sits atop the engine block and holds the valves, spark plugs, valve springs and the intake and exhaust manifolds. It forms the top part of the combustion chamber, and is bolted o... Read More »

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How do I Identify a Ford Cylinder Head by the Letters on the Head?

Identifying the Ford cylinder head code stamp can be quite easy, aside from the fact that certain makes must actually have the head removed to read the code, which appears on the underside of the h... Read More »

How to Torque a Cylinder Head?

An engine's cylinder head seals off the engine head from the block, which contains internal combustion gases. The mating surface between the two engine parts must form a flat, tight seal. An asbest... Read More »

How to Clean a Cylinder Head?

The cylinder head of a car's engine is prone to a buildup of sediment and rust that will impede not only the movement of the valves in the cylinders but the passage of coolant and oil in the engine... Read More »

How to Tighten a Cylinder Head?

Detonating fuel creates enormous pressures on the space between the cylinder head and the engine block. A gasket seals the space and must be supported by the head bolts keeping the head and block t... Read More »