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Can't get dowel pin out- these are the small tubes left when you remove the head. I got all the others out but 1 really stuck in there. I'd like to get it out to make sure block surface is FLAT for reassembly. I guess I could also just leave it in, I got the gasket off around it the best I could. I'd hate to ruin it since they are only aluminum.

I've been soaking it in PB blaster for a few days now - no change. I don't think I could use heat or anything there, do you? They do fit pretty snug.
 

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I've no idea what it would be called in the USA but I've used a "spray freeze" out of a can for this sort of thing.



You just spray it on, wait a minute or two while the dowel freezes and then simply pull it out. Freezing makes it contract which means it is not such a snug fit so you need to make sure your aim is good.
 

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just a off hand question but---any idea what the head gaskets are running ? i priced the top end kits and got sticker shock. (after market). compaired to a couple years ago.
 

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I got one head gasket for $20 from a fellow member (Awesome!), I found some gaskets for ($22 from partsnmore, but out of stock) and I ordered one for $45 from cheapcycleparts but it didn't get here yet.

I think I'll just leave it in. it's just an aluminum tube, I don't want to ruin it. I was just hoping for a miracle answer..
 

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It's a steel tube. They can become very difficult to remove without distorting them. The best thing unless there's a real reason to remove one is to carefully clean around the base of the tube so there won't be anything interfering with the gasket or fit and leave it in place.

I have removed a couple by inserting a piece of snug fittng drill rod inside the tube, and using a well padded vise grip, wiggling the thing until it could be worked out. I don't recommend that method unless you have a replacement or are willing to wait for a new one to show up because there's a risk that you'll damage the old one.
 
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