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post #1 of 5 Old 07-14-2017, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Head gasket replacement !!!!

Hey guys just signed up to jeep forum yesterday so this is my first post 😅😅.
So I bought a used 2000 Cherokee xj w 115k miles it's a solid jeep took multiple trips that added 400 miles+ over a weekend anyways....
The guy I bought the jeep from told me I would need to replace the head gasket cover soon due to a leak ( Will not be doing any labor myself So I would have to pay for that as well)
Instead of getting just the cover replaced and paying for all that labor i figured I would just buy a whole new head incase there's any other problems I want to just get it all fixed in 1 shot rather then having the same problem twice 😕
After some reading and re search the affordable option for me would be to go with the Clearwater 0331 cylinder head with Fel-Pro HS9076PT4 Head Gasket Set just wanted some opinions on if I should go as far as getting the whole head replaced or if there's any other parts you guys recommend like I said the cover deff needs to be replaced but i rather get everything else replaced while I'm working on it. Other then this minor leak I've had no complaints besides the check gauges light come on when I'm idiling.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-14-2017, 02:02 PM
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Frankly a cracked head (common in 00-02.5 4.0's) has about the same symptoms. Unless you pull the head and have it tested i don't see any way to verify the seller's gasket diagnosis as compared to a head crack. If I was removing the head on a 00-01 XJ I'd probably just go ahead and replace it anyway.

If you're paying a shop to do it, the labor will be more than parts and you'll be paying that either way. It would suck to pay it twice when you find out it was the head with the leak anyway.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-15-2017, 03:14 PM
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You can somtimes see the crack from the oil cap on the valve cover.

Also if someone says a 00-01 xj has a head gasket issue they are probably mistaken and it's most likely the head.

Even if it happens to be the head gasket you have to remove the crack prone head to replace the gasket anyways.
Once a 0331 head as been removed regardless of if it's cracked or not IMHO it should never be put back on.

Get a revised tupy 0331 head or a clear water and be done with it.

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You can somtimes see the crack from the oil cap on the valve cover.

Also if someone says a 00-01 xj has a head gasket issue they are probably mistaken and it's most likely the head.

Even if it happens to be the head gasket you have to remove the crack prone head to replace the gasket anyways.
Once a 0331 head as been removed regardless of if it's cracked or not IMHO it should never be put back on.

Get a revised tupy 0331 head or a clear water and be done with it.
Thanks for the reply ordering the clear water head a friend suggested we work on it in his garage for the weekend instead of paying for the labor ?
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Frankly a cracked head (common in 00-02.5 4.0's) has about the same symptoms. Unless you pull the head and have it tested i don't see any way to verify the seller's gasket diagnosis as compared to a head crack. If I was removing the head on a 00-01 XJ I'd probably just go ahead and replace it anyway.

If you're paying a shop to do it, the labor will be more than parts and you'll be paying that either way. It would suck to pay it twice when you find out it was the head with the leak anyway.
Thanks for replying I'm going to replace the whole head just to play it safe getting a clear water head and Some friends just suggested we work on it ourselves instead of paying for the labor!! Prettt excited to start on this project
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