Stripped out head bolts

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  1. Xwifesse

    Xwifesse New Member

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    2000 Accord SE 177,000 mi. f23a1 engine. I was originally swapping my valve springs with the cylinder head still on when I dropped one of the valves into the cylinder (because in my haste I forgot to turn the engine so the 4 springs I was working on wouldn't be allowed to drop their valves.. silly me!!!). I decided to pull the cylinder head because fishing the dropped valve out was not working at all... Now I have even a worse problem. I turned all of the head bolts the wrong way tightening instead of loosening them on the head!!! As a result of my stupid mistake all of the head bolts are stripped and two of them actually snapped off. I have read that I can drill out the snapped off studs and re-tap the holes out to fit the next size up new head studs. I am hoping that someone out there has heard of this happening before with an aluminum block Honda or something similar because in my searches I have not found anyone with my exact problem so far tho I have found some situations where someone has stripped one or two head bolts but not all (I think there are 10!) of them. Can some one help please!? Idk what to do and I don't want to swap the engine block cause I don't have an engine stand to work on the engine off the car etc... Any advice would be appreciated!! (I have since Posting this added photos of the car with the cylinder head removed. You can see a snapped off bolt in the first pic and in the other stud holes there are no threads visable. I must've stripped all the threads on all the hole.)
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    I'm thinking you might have to drill off the heads of all the bolts that are stripped then lift up the entire head.
     
  3. Xwifesse

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    Thanks for the help Robert! I should have mentioned that I did get all of the bolts out of the cylinder head. I am going to go unbolt the intake now to see if I can get the cylinder head separated from the block and off the car to see if I can see anything down the head bolt holes.
     

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