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Unread 09-12-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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Head Removal

I am getting ready to pull the head off my 4.0 this weekend to replace the valve guides. Do i need to remove the intake and exhaust manifolds first or can they all come out as once piece?

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Unread 09-12-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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One piece is the way to go. Talk a buddy or two into helping you lift it off. It weights a $*** load. Or use a cherry picker if ya got one.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 05:37 AM   #3
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Remove the drivers fender to get at the bolts for the intake and exhaust manifolds. It makes getting the bolts on and off so so so much easier. It takes you 1/2 hr to remove the fender and it will save blood donation and quarters into the swear jar. Yes they need to come off. The head is heavy but you can move it by yourself. You might want to take the time to do some maintenance while you are doing it. Clean the pistons, clean the throttlebody, intake, and clean the IAC. Check the exhaust manifold for any cracks!
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Unread 09-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #4
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I am going to replace the exhaust mani when i put the head back in. Ive taken the fender off before, but i think it might just be better to remove the whole thing. The ABS is a pain to get around. Im going to re-ring it while im in there since the heads off. I hope the bore is still square.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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ReRinging the engine?
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Unread 09-13-2013, 01:24 PM   #6
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yeah, drop the oil pan so i can get the pistions out from the top. I think the rings are starting to wear.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 02:04 PM   #7
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You might as well just pull the whole thing out if you are going to get that deep. I had mine out in about an hour and a half. Remove the grill with radiator, it take all of 5 minutes. If I was going to just pull the head off I would take the intake and exhaust off in the jeep and set it off to the side. The manifold bolts aren't hard to get to if you have a few wobble extensions, and ratchet wrenches. More than likely your int/exh gasket needs replaced anyways. Just my two cents to save some cusswords ,and wrenching your back more than wrenching on the Jeep.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 06:28 PM   #8
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How many miles on the engine? Did you run a leak down test & compression test? I didn't know your issues were that bad.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 10:14 PM   #9
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Remove the drivers fender to get at the bolts for the intake and exhaust manifolds. It makes getting the bolts on and off so so so much easier. It takes you 1/2 hr to remove the fender and it will save blood donation and quarters into the swear jar. Yes they need to come off. The head is heavy but you can move it by yourself. You might want to take the time to do some maintenance while you are doing it. Clean the pistons, clean the throttlebody, intake, and clean the IAC. Check the exhaust manifold for any cracks!
It takes maybe 3 min to remove the manifolds from the head once the head is on the bench, and you have all the room in the world. But hay, what ever works for you.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 04:55 AM   #10
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Ok. Suggestion made. Most people have a difficult time with the middle bolts on the manifold. You are leaving it on and disconnecting the down pipe?
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Unread 09-14-2013, 07:54 AM   #11
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The mileage is around 100k. I ran a compression test and a few cylinders are around 40psi. I havent done a leak down test yet as no place around here rents the tester. I have already had the down pipe disconnected a week ago, so i know the bolts are easy to get off now. I am burning oil on decel when under high vaccum and at start up. When under throttle, there is no smoke really.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 08:19 AM   #12
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Ok. Suggestion made. Most people have a difficult time with the middle bolts on the manifold. You are leaving it on and disconnecting the down pipe?
Yes, disconnect the down pipe, vac, hoses,throttle ,ect. lift the head and manifolds off as one unit. It goes back on the same way. Easy and painless.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 09:42 AM   #13
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Yes, disconnect the down pipe, vac, hoses,throttle ,ect. lift the head and manifolds off as one unit. It goes back on the same way. Easy and painless.
Perfect. Sound like the valve guides to you that are bad?
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Unread 09-14-2013, 05:06 PM   #14
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Perfect. Sound like the valve guides to you that are bad?
You really need to find out why the compression is low. (where it is leaking)There is a leak-down tester somewhere near you. FIND IT!. You may get away with just a valve job.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 09:49 PM   #15
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100k it's not enough to do rings. I would get the leak down tool before I pulled it apart. The engine should be good for 300k @100k no rings needed in theory. Valves are probably bad.
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