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Old 08-06-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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Re-torquing heads

I've got a head gasket leak. It's really minor. My car can go for about 2 months before I get the low coolant light again. I've seen a few people say something like, "If it's a minor leak, you could try re-torquing the head bolts. That might take care of it." However, I've never seen anything, anywhere about somebody actually doing that on a Boxster and/or any results from that.

Has anybody here actually done it? Did it work or not? Where did you find the torque specs and tightening sequence?
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:33 AM   #2
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Most of the critical fasteners on these engines are "torque to yield" type that should not be reused or retorqued; they should be replaced as the old ones will not give you a true reading.

That said, rarely can you correct a blown head gasket by retorquing the head due to component warping.
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:26 AM   #3
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Yeah. I was wondering if those were that type of bolt. So people saying that is really just silly.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:57 AM   #4
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And.... 9 times out of 10 it is a small crack in the head from overheat and the gasket is fine. Re-torque generally won't fix a crack.
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