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Q: I blew a gasket in my
2000 V6. Anyone change their gaskets or been deep in the engine that far? I have
been told that the torque bolts have to be replaced as well for they are a onetime use only thing. Is that true ?
A: The easy answers: You
can buy complete gasket sets that will have everything you should need to do the
job (you’ll have to remove the intake to pull the heads anyway). Whether or not
they have the bolts included depends on the brand but they are available
separately. Yes you should let a good machine shop check the manifolds and
especially the heads. They may advise resealing the valves as well.
Unfortunately right now your guess is as good as mine as far as what the problem
is. It could be a lot of things basically. You say it’s losing power but is
there any smoke from the exhaust? Can you smell anti freeze in the exhaust? Is
it over heating?
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