Cylinder Head Bolt Loosening Sequence (VIN S)

Cylinder Head Bolt Loosening Sequence 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 3.0L DOHC Ford Taurus And 3.0L DOHC Mercury Sable

The cylinders heads, of the 3.0L DOHC engine, have to be loosened in the recommended sequence above.

IMPORTANT: Loosen each cylinder head bolt 1/4 of a turn (in other words: 90° of a turn). Don't loosen each bolt all at once as you're loosening them (or you'll warp the cylinder head). Repeat loosening them 1/4 of a turn, in sequence, till they're all loosened.

Cylinder Head Bolt Torque Specifications (DOHC VIN S)

Cylinder Head Bolt Torque Specifications 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 3.0L DOHC Ford Taurus And 3.0L DOHC Mercury Sable

The illustration above shows the cylinder head bolt tightening sequence.

NOTE: Install the cylinder head gasket without any type of sealer.

Cylinder Head Bolt Torque Specifications (3.0L DOHC)
Step 1 27-32 Ft. Lbs. (37-43 N.m)
Step 2 Loosen 85° - 95°
Step 3 Loosen one complete turn (360°)
Step 3 27-32 Ft. Lbs. (37-43 N.m)
Step 4 Additional turn of 85° - 95°
Step 5 Additional turn of 85° - 95°

More 3.0L Ford Tutorials

You cand find many more ‘how to test’ tutorials for your 3.0L Ford Taurus (3.0L Mercury Sable) in these two indexes:

  1. Ford 3.0L Index of Articles.
  2. Ford 3.0L, 3.8L Index of Articles.

Here's a sample of the tutorials you'll find in the indexes:

  1. How To Test The TPS -1994-1995 3.0L Ford Taurus.
  2. Constant Control Relay Module Pinout (1996-1997 3.0L Ford Taurus).
  3. How To Test The Alternator (1994-1995 3.0L Ford Taurus).
  4. How To Test The Fuel Injectors (1991-1995 3.0L Ford Taurus).