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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:32 pm 
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I blew a head gasket on my Swift and the oil was contaminated by the antifreeze. Since the head is off, I want to clean the oil out of my lifters and just give them a good cleaning in general. I removed the first lifter from the rocker arm and put it in a vice and gently squeezed the oil/antifreeze mix out of the drain hole. The lifter is now empty and the piston moves freely and it feels like good spring tension. But I can't figure out how to disassemble the lifter. I read Caaarlos thread about hitting it with anger :) but my piston will not come out of the housing. I was expecting a spring clip on the outside of the housing that was keeping the piston in the housing but I can't see one. Can these be disassembled or do you just replace them when needed?
Also, any suggestions for a good brand of head gasket? Are FelPros OK? I'm in the USA. I read the thread about checking the gasket holes for the oil drain holes. Thx.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:16 pm 
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Crap. Posted in the wrong forum. How do I move?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:43 pm 
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Maybe somebody already moved it, because this forum is OK.

I don't think you can disassemble and clean those ones. If they're not working right, you may have ti replace them.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:24 pm 
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OK thx, this is where I originally posted but since it's a 95 Swift, I thought it should be in the North America MK4 forum? Anyway, I gently pressed out the antifreeze/oil mix and now they are soaking in cleaner. Since I can't disassemble them, I'm just going to keep soaking and flushing them with cleaner. They move fine and aren't sticking but I see evidence of very minor piston slap on a couple of the pistons. I think when they got pumped up with goo, they kept the valves open. One of my exhaust valves has a chunk missing but it must have got sucked out of the exhaust since there is no cylinder damage. Very lucky. Also, none of my valves are bent, lucky again, but I'm going to replace them anyway since I'm inside. I'm going to hone the cylinders, re-ring with Hastings, new valves and bearings. Should be good for another 150K


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