Remove Lifters & Heads GM Chevy Tahoe Vortec Engine LS vid 9

Head getting ready to come off - GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Head getting ready to come off – GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Head off on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Head off on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine Lifter Trays

GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine Lifter Trays

GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine lifters are out

GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine lifters are out

GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine cylinder head is out

GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine cylinder head is out

Much needed beer after head removal on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Much needed beer after head removal on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

In order to do the eventual cam swap, I have to remove the lifters.  In order to get to the lifters, I have to remove the heads.  In order to remove the heads, I had to remove the exhaust manifold.  I watched plenty of videos on YouTube where guys were able to do the cam swap without removing the heads, but I’m pretty sure that with these heads, they had to come off.

So there’s a lot to it. I also took care to remove the head bolts in the reverse order of the install order, and that was at ¼ turn at a time, so it took a while.  Completely necessary? I have no idea.  But the Haynes book said to do it that way, so I did.

Problems I ran into:  Driver’s side head bolt closest to the firewall would not come completely out.  It rubbed on (close to) the firewall and made removal difficult.  Also, I was not sure what was still bolted to the driver’s side head (from the alternator/power steering pump bracket) as it would not budge after removing all the head bolts.  Passenger side was pretty straightforward.

Removing the lifters is pretty straight forward.  I used one of those “magnets on a stick” tools and they all came out without too much of a fight.

 

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