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Is there any problem re-using head bolts? I know they yeild some every time you torque them but I feel they should be fine. Just a running question at work.

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I have had the heads on/off my 302 three times and used the same bolts with no apparent problems. I notice that on SWMBO's 94 GT, the Haynes book says not to reuse.

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I reused the bolts on my Hi-Po heads without a problem. I think early engineering peices were designed with the expectation they would be reused once, perhaps twice, whereas current engineering has spec'd bolts and material designed for a one time stress. If peice of mind is an issue or if there is obvious damage, or certianly any engine that is expected to live in the higher RPM ranges a lot of the time, go new.

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In the old school (I learnt from one of the oldest mechanics in the area), I was taught that you reuse them and alway make sure they go back in the EXACT place they came out of. Since over time parts will wear one way or another. If you put a bolt from the top into the bottom edge of the head, it could tend to reposition the head.

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After posting my first reply, I looked at your bio. It's rather ironic that an automotive engineer is asking us shade-trees for advice LOL

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I have used them over again..never had a problem

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In the old days head bolts were reuseable. Newer engines (5.0l) use "torque-to-yeild" head bolts which cannot be reused.

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