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Couple of questions

When undoing the head bolts the bolt at the back left next to exhaust manifold was completely loose not broken just loose which is where the gasket was leaking all the rest were tight any ideas why that particular bolt was undone? I have never seen anything quite like it.(I will get the head skimmed)

Secondly could anyone suggest a good gasket set there are so many on the market with wildly fluctuating prices I am confused which would be the best value for money, I will need the full set.

Finally I need to remove the bolt holding the crankshaft pulley I know I should probably have done it before stripping the engine, is it a right hand thread or left hand?
 

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When mine went that same bolt sheared at the block, was a pita to remove, think it must get hot at that rear corner and the expansion just rips the studs right out.

As far as a gasket brand, I used elring found they were a lot better quality and had better beading than a lot of others out there, also used their studs - worked for me.

I didn't remove crank pulley not sure why you would need to, but it should be standard thread. Hope you get sorted mate.
 

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Thanks for your comments I suppose i was lucky that the head bolt just went loose and not snapped, and as a matter of fact I did actually buy the Elring gasket set and head bolts,
Because of time constraints I have only just bolted down the head, so far everything seems to be going ok i'll keep my fingers crossed.
I wanted to remove the pulley to renew the oil seal as its leaking quite badly so thank you for the info... all the best
 

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No worries pleased you got sorted mate, I did mine a couple of years back, from what I've read the m43 is pretty solid. I need to remove the crank pulley myself due to a ridiculously bad oil leak but can't for the life of me figure out how to remove the bolt.
I read some posts advising not to use the retaining pin in the flywheel as it could shear, so took it among myself to order what I thought was the proper removal tool plus spacer from a company in Germany, but turns out the spacer is to wide for the pulley.
If you do happen to remove the crank pulley successfully put a post up mate, I could do with some advice myself.
Cheers, 👍
 
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