Replacing The Head Gasket In A Chevy Cavilier 2.2 Liter 4 Cylinder




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John Kerns: This was the best design of cavalier ever made!!!!

CLOPEZ805: the video is bad man you don t show anything if you are going to post a video a lease do it right 

VWL EL: Thanks

Gerald Pool: How much torque did it require to secure the bolts and were all bolts the same torque?

Joe G: Do you have to rotate the engine to TDC before removing the head? I didn't see you remove a timing chain or anything similar to that....

Mr. Nationwide: Overhead Valves? Has Chevrolet ever had SOHC or DOHC?

Trent Wentworth: Did I hear compressions skip

REDPWR4EVR: well i work more than drink, i know some people do it the opposite way!

maeverickbrace: Thats a DieHard Battery!!

Mike Wams: nevermind, I just used the special disconnect tool. A problem im having now is the head bolts outside the valve cover are very difficult to remove.

MrSmokingfrog: Bud light as one of the tools?? lol...Same here. =D

MarillionDeVoid: The universe sent you to help me. Lets just say I can't part with my friend of a car of 13 years (18 yr old car) over a 17 dollar part. if you can do it on a you tube video how hard can it be?\

andrew donohue: @jw200 not necessary

lawnside82: wow. 2.2 looks like the easiest engine to put a head gasket in... gotta love push rod motors...

John Smickle: Very awsome vid! It's great to show people that replacing a head gasket isn't the end of the world! Very great info thanks man :)

ke4cpc: Awesome video. "Common Hand Tools, the magnet, wrenches, random sockets, (2 beers and some patience)" I hope you made more videos like this.

419MrSmith: They always leak out the front of the driver side lmao! Yea that sounds about right, wish I could post a pic, that's exactly where my wife's is leaking. Everybody I talk to says take the head to a machine shop but I don't think I will. A brand new head is only $350 at autozone but the car has never overheated so I don't think it's likely it's warped and if its just gonna leak again I don't see the point in putting money into the head anyway.

Amedeo777: First thing I noticed, made me trust him from the get go! LOL! Although, I think I would have gone through more beers!

Ty Robb: love the beer next to the tools :)

Chrysler ThreeOh: @REDPWR4EVR hey ive got a 94 chrysler lebaron (with the mitsubishi v6) with a bad head gasket. coolant got into the oil and idk what to do...is the engine pretty much shot?

REDPWR4EVR: your're 100% right, i explained the torquing in a comment a while ago but never put anything in the video about it, and i just figured it was common sense th drain the coolant, but i suppose it's not.

Randy Kemuksigak: The knock could be coming from a spun rod or main bearing on the crank. It can also come from a warped head due to overheating..which in turn will destroy your headgasket. If you were burning coolant, I'd jump straight to the spun bearings. Otherwise, replace the headgasket, drop the oil pan and check out the condition of your crank bearings.

REDPWR4EVR: is it still holding for you?

419MrSmith: Thanks for the vid, hopefully I don't ruin my wife's sunfire doin this. If I do it's your fault for giving me confidence! Just kidding haha, thanks again!

Arnaldo Rosa: Noob question here but If I remove the head on my 96 2.2L OHV cavalier, does the timing slip, can I change the head gasket without having to worry about the timing chain moving?

Shannon Stutzman: I have a 95 chevy cavalier. We have taken everything off that we could think of but we still cant pull the head off. It wont lift off near the power stering box. Is there something there i didnt see that i need to losen?

REDPWR4EVR: thanks, i wish i had more time to make more videos, but now i'm driving truck and doing commercial field spraying which means i'm only around the internet once a week or so.

trainergames: @REDPWR4EVR Would it be safe to drive it 2 miles right after putting it together,to a place to get my oil changed,cause i prefer to take it to a walmart where i work,cause i get a discount on the oil change.

REDPWR4EVR: @admiralcrash1 these straight four push-rod engine are pretty nice that way, i hate working on those sideways v6's.

Jessta G: Good video man!!!!

Chrysler ThreeOh: @REDPWR4EVR yeah that's exactly what i thought - it would be less work just swapping engines. i'm buying a 1993 caravan with a 3.0l motor in it for $300. and my dad said to check out the wiring harness; he said it could be different than what my car has... do you have any idea if they're different or the same?

Brett Dixon: Next step: Get rid of that crapty airbox and get a real cold air intake.

REDPWR4EVR: @trunkingham yes the rocker arms do need to come off, i explained that in the last minute or so of the video, this was the first time i made a "how to" video so i know i could be better, and i was just kind of in a hurry to get it done and out of the shop. the black rectangular part i pull of in the vid exposing the rocker arms is called the valve cover. some of the bolts that hold the head down are under the rocker ars which is why they need to be removed.

xScoobyDoo82x: Good video. I just bought a 94 Cavalier and I'm fixing to do the head gasket in it, this helped out a lot.

Cody Parsons: 2 beer job? Heck it was a 7 beer job for me, just cause I had to run up to the store to pick up a six pack since I only had one beer in the fridge.

JJ Garcia: I have to do this I have an internally blown gasket and my oils gettin watery and Im blowin white smoke out the back end.

bellarmine33: Nice video, very informative. I've got a '95 2.2L Corsica, got the gasket changed a few years back, with what I know now maybe I could've done it myself, save some dollars. Always wanted to see what the inside looked like, and check what condition it was in before they reassembled it, but didn't get the chance. This is a great overall primer - keep up the good work!

REDPWR4EVR: no idea what the casting # was, push rods were all same length though, had do remove power steering pump, but did not need to unhook hoses, just take bolts out. did this three years ago and never touched engine again my brother just sold the car though.

REDPWR4EVR: No, you never touch the cam shaft or timing chain or anything that needs to be timed or adjusted.

HimZACH: how long did it take overall?

phnixlady: I need to go get a case of the cylindrical blue parts, this is going to be a project ! This is a great video, I can't believe I jump online and here is a nice guy working on my car ! And, you even remind us about the sharpie ! Thanks.

markj: Thanks, great instructions. I will probably never have to work on an old Cavalier like this, but great teaching!

trainergames: @REDPWR4EVR Ok thank you,also do you have any advice you can give me for doing this,with the fact that i have not done much in the way of fixing cars,i've replaced a motor mount on this car,watched someone replace the rad on my cavalier,and help someone change a strut on a 88 new yorker,so i know a little but i have never messed with the engine,and i really don't want to mess up my car while fixing it. Thank you agian for all the help.

jw200: @REDPWR4EVR Thank you.

wafrederick: Most engine builders will tell you not to use the abrasive discs when cleaning the gasket surface.The little pieces get inside and you will have problems.What is wrong using air tools such as a 1/2 and 3/8 impact,1/4 and 3/8 drive air ratchet?Air tools speed up the process.

Allan Morgan: If you want to save the money and do it yourself do some research on it first. You sound like you have some knowledge so I would recommend maybe getting a Chilton's Total Car Care Guide for your vehicle. They are very detailed. Try and stay away from the Hayne's manuals. They just don't seem to be very thorough.

Allan Morgan: The lifters on this model will compensate for the difference in the head thickness after machining. You just have to be careful that the head isn't oversurfaced. There is a limit to how far one can be machined before its useless. As far as the timing goes it shouldn't be an issue on this model. The Cav I was working on only had 75k miles on it. The previous shop never checked to make sure the surface was flat so the gasket started leaking compression into the cooling system.

REDPWR4EVR: @jw200 you don't need to drain any oil, just coolant, however after you change the head gasket i would highly recommend changing the oil as it will get some dirt and crap in it.

REDPWR4EVR: well it will vary based on hourly labor rate, it's hard for me to say as i have NEVER had anything i own in a shop, but i know shop labor can go from like $60 to100 per hour and this job should not take more than 5 hours, if your head and block are good. most shops have a computer system that will give them an hour estimate and they should be able to give you an estimate.

Allan Morgan: This is not a Quad. Its your standard issue aluminum head/cast iron OHV 2.2 engine. Very common and cheap to fix. Quads are either SOHC or DOHC and come in 2.3L or 2.4L. I had a Beretta that had the 180 HP 2.3 DOHC Quad in it. $6000 later it was a turbo'd 335 HP fire breather that I put over 120,000 miles on it before it had to be refreshed. The way I had built it made it very durable
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