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mgf vvc head gasket replacement

My '98 VVC headgasket blew yesterday and I am considering a DIY replacement and would be grateful if anybody could answer the following.

1 Is there a definitive set of instructions listed anywhere?
2 Are special tools needed and are they available?
3 Much reading also suggests perhaps replacing the oil rail. Is this necessary and is it possible without taking the engine out.
4 There was no indication of overheating just some other symptoms over a few days that have ended in the failure. So, is it essntila to have the head skimmed. I understand that if so, removel of the VVC gear is very very tricky???
5 Anybody out there done it themselves?

Any other guidance and advice will be greatly appreciated

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1. There are a few threads on this forum with DIY instructions do a search in the entire forum not just this section.
2. You will need a way of locking the cams but other then that I don’t think so.
3. If you fit the new LR gasket then the consensus is that the new oil rail should be fitted together with new main bolts and its possible to drop the sum institute. If you fit the MGR MK3 gasket then there is know need. The dowels should also be matched to the gasket and fitted correctly.
4. You will not know if the head needs skimming until you take it off.
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1. There are a few threads on this forum with DIY instructions do a search in the entire forum not just this section.
2. You will need a way of locking the cams but other then that I donít think so.
3. If you fit the new LR gasket then the consensus is that the new oil rail should be fitted together with new main bolts and its possible to drop the sum institute. If you fit the MGR MK3 gasket then there is know need. The dowels should also be matched to the gasket and fitted correctly.
4. You will not know if the head needs skimming until you take it off.
Thanks Chris, many search reults come up with fragmented info, I was hoping (cheeky?) for a complete guide thriough it.

I had followed many threads (including your own) and there doesn't seem to be consensus about using the LR gasket.??

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Thanks Chris, i had seen this but wasn't sure if it related to a VVC (he says MPi)???

Head gaskets don't frighten me, it's the VVC bit that does!!

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Chris seems to have covered all the known bases Keir. Best of luck , just don't move them thar cams.
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Chris seems to have covered all the known bases Keir. Best of luck , just don't move them thar cams.
Thanks Pete, do you know if the tools to lock the cams are available - or even absolutely necessary?

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Thanks Pete, do you know if the tools to lock the cams are available - or even absolutely necessary?

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I know I'm talking to myself but this may come in useful for somebody. Draper do the rover cam locking tool. My local shop has it for £2.99!!!

Same thing is on ebay for £4.99 plus £1.50 p+p

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I've been away for a few days and can't read everything but ...


has somebody suggested changing the waterpump while you are in there? About £50 incl vat and saves taking the cambelt of again later.
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