Head Bolt Re-torque

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  1. BMcF
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    BMcF Senior Member

    100% correct.
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    Moggy Senior Member

    I must be VERY lucky.
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    CDK retired engineer

    Modern engine designs have camshafts mounted above the head bolts, so re-torquing after a few engine hours - like in the old days - is not an option anymore and a new kind of fasteners was developed.
    After obtaining the specified torque in 3 or sometimes 4 steps the bolts must be turned another half or 3/4 turn. You can feel and and see on the tool's scale you have entered a range where the material is subjected to forces it cannot recover from, just like in a hydraulic test bench that determines tensile strength.

    Because these fasteners are mass produced, they are cheap. If would be plain stupid to use them again in critical applications.

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    powerabout Senior Member

    Did anyone mention what sealant was used on the chev head bolts as they go into the water so if it goes off you might create a leak re torqueing.
    I guess 30 million or so small blocks went out from the general without ever needing a re torque...
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