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Quick question for you. Our 2003 town & Country had a valve spring break (still under waranty) My question is, they said they are replacing the entire cylinder head. When I go to pick it up, shouldnt they tell me to come back after "X" miles to re-tourque the head bolts, or has the technology advanced to the point where the bolts are are pre-stretched? Wont be done for a few days, just want to know what I should watch out for...............

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Quick question for you. Our 2003 town & Country had a valve spring break (still under waranty) My question is, they said they are replacing the entire cylinder head. When I go to pick it up, shouldnt they tell me to come back after "X" miles to re-tourque the head bolts, or has the technology advanced to the point where the bolts are are pre-stretched? Wont be done for a few days, just want to know what I should watch out for...............

the bolts are torque to yeild. torque them once and your all good to go!

they are only gonna put one head on the car i would assume, but nothing you really need to do, get back in drive it like you always do.

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did the tech check out this valve spring with a scope to prove it was bad??


I think the tech determined the spring broke with his multi-meter.........

Thanks, and yeah only the one head. The thing has been babied since we bought it, all recommendend service intervals and fluid changes, the tech said it must have been defective from the get-go no other reason given..............

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They are prolly putting a head on it, because the rocker pedastal broke.. Seen alot of those in my day.. All the rockers are mounted on a shaft, that bolts in two or three places to the head, and usually the one on the rear head breaks off by the alternator.
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They are prolly putting a head on it, because the rocker pedastal broke.. Seen alot of those in my day.. All the rockers are mounted on a shaft, that bolts in two or three places to the head, and usually the one on the rear head breaks off by the alternator.
we have not seen that on any of the new ones.. but I know what your talking about. still see a one come in once and a while. lately we have been seeing a lot of valves seizing in the stems for some reason.

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hmm.. maybe that's what was breaking the pedastals, all these years.. haha

I was with Chrysler from 96-02, and prolly did 40 heads with broken pedastals.. I'll lay money, they reengineered the pedestal, and now the seized valve guides are showing up.. Chrysler makes me laugh..
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Chrysler makes me laugh..
all car company's are the same...

cost vs quality

when people bitch about stuff breaking down.. i tell them all the same thing..

they COULD bulid a car that would last forever.. BUT they would go out of business cause no one would ever buy a second car.

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So I didn't read the whole thing, but why are they replacing the entire cylinder head for a busted valve spring? Did it start slapping around and you kept driving it for a while?
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So I didn't read the whole thing, but why are they replacing the entire cylinder head for a busted valve spring? Did it start slapping around and you kept driving it for a while?
It popped, we drove it 2 house lengths down the block. I immediately shut it down put it in neutral and pushed it back to the house and called AAA for the tow to the dealer. I dunno, he said something about that since its still under waranty, he would just replace the whole deal. They tried to just replace the spring, but said the valve wasnt seating right, so better to do the whole thing. The dealer dont care cause he dont have to pay for it is what he said.
And yes, as someone stated earlier, it is the rear-ward head.

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So I didn't read the whole thing, but why are they replacing the entire cylinder head for a busted valve spring? Did it start slapping around and you kept driving it for a while?
it actually ends up cheaper to reaplace an entire head than it is to rebulid one. And less time consuming.

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