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Old 01-18-2014, 01:41 PM
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Fun. I had that happen twice on two different Tauruses. Seems the number one cylinder runs a little hotter than the rest due to poor coolant routing design. Almost eight hours the first time--four hours the second time. If your doing it yourself, I highly recommend a box of cheap quart baggies, masking tape, and a sharpie to label and sort nuts and bolts as they come off. Makes putting it back together much less stressful. Oh, and a Chilton's manual.

If you are going to all of the trouble of replacing the head gasket, you may want to spend the extra money and purchase some new or rebuilt heads. Oh, and use new head, intake manifold, and exhaust manifold bolts. They are usually torque-to-yield bolts (at least the head bolts are) that have threads that bend slightly to lock them into place once they are torqued-down.

In both of my rebuilds, the overheating that caused the blown head gasket also warped the #1 intake valve (had to do the first rebuild twice because of that).
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