1991-2006 Ford Courier

1991-1997 Ford Raider

1990-2006 Mazda B2600

1997-2006 Mazda Bravo

All Head Services supplied a cylinder head to a customer for a Ford Courier with a G6 engine.  These cylinder heads are provided complete, but the customer must swap over the camshaft and rocker assembly.  After fitting the head, the customer called saying that there was an issue. The exhaust valve on No.1 cylinder was sticking when turning the engine over.

The cylinder head was removed and sent in for inspection.  Upon dismantling the head, it was found to have four bent exhaust valves, and it had also cracked or broken off all of the exhaust valve guides below the seal.

This type of damages is a common occurrence with these cylinder heads.  It is caused by the rocker arms not being aligned with the tip of the valves when tightening the rockers down. This causes the lifters at the end of the rockers to slide off the tip of the valve and push sideways on the valve stem which in turn bends the valves and cracks the valve guides.

All Head Services replaced all the bent exhaust valves and guides and assembled the cylinder head along with fitting the cam and rocker shaft assembly in the correct position.  The correct sequence for tensioning the rocker shaft bolts is shown in the attached full article.

This type of assembly error is not limited to the G6 engine. When assembling any cylinder heads with rocker arms, ensure that all the lifters r adjusters are in the correct position before tensioning the rockers down.  A little bit of care and attention the first time will save a lot of time and money.