Rebuild a 22RE head?
My timing chain is starting to get pretty rattly, so at 190k miles I think it's time I took the plunge and changed it.
My question is about the head. My 22RE has decent compression, burns a quart of oil every 1000 miles or so, and when I look at the plugs, each one is oil fouled on one side but not on the other. Conclusion: Oil is leaking past my valve seals/guides.
Since doing the timing chain entails removing the head, I figure now would be a good time to freshen up my head.
From the FSM, it looks like something I can mostly do at home. As long as it's still flat, free from cracks, and the valves seat correctly, it looks like there shouldn't be any machine work at all. Just disassemble, clean, make sure parts are within spec, replace worn parts as needed, machine as needed (hopefully not needed), and reassemble.
Is this right? Is this something I can do mostly at home? I have a spare junker motor (later 22RE, like the one in my truck) that I bought from a guy who said it had a rod knock. I can use the head from that so I have something to drive while I'm doing this.
Last edited by wilshire; 04-06-2011 at 07:28 AM.