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Old 11-13-2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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Had one go bad the other day. As this is way above my head the guys at my trusted garage are dealing with it but I was curious about something he said. Apparently this is a relatively common problem on the Hemi engine. I can't seem to find any recall info on it so it must not have been common enough to force one. Anyone have info on how common this is and how likely the rest of them are to go bad?

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Had one go bad the other day. As this is way above my head the guys at my trusted garage are dealing with it but I was curious about something he said. Apparently this is a relatively common problem on the Hemi engine. I can't seem to find any recall info on it so it must not have been common enough to force one. Anyone have info on how common this is and how likely the rest of them are to go bad?
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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I have a 2005 and I haven't had any problems. I'm sure someone with more knowledge will chime in but I don't think it's an issue overall. It might just be a bad part that was installed...it happens.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:33 PM   #4
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Apparently it's more prevalent in the older ones (like mine ) From what I've read, it's possible to replace the springs without removing the head.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:59 PM   #5
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When we did my cam install back in 2007 or was it 2008? Eh.. no matter...

We went ahead and replaced ALL of my valve springs with 16 Exhaust Valve Springs for the SRT8 6.1 Hemi.

I've not had one single problem (that I know of) since doing this and it's been what.. 60k to 65k miles of street/freeway/track driving.

Thinking back to poor Bill_L who had a nightmare problem when one of his springs that were changed during a cam install (that were made by Comp) broke, literally broke in half dropping the valve down into the cylinder killing the piston. Oh sure, he got it fixed and all but I'll never trust Comp on their springs ever.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:54 PM   #6
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Originally posted by MikeHTally:
Apparently it's more prevalent in the older ones (like mine ) From what I've read, it's possible to replace the springs without removing the head.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:08 PM   #7
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:36 PM   #8
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It's common on 2003-2005 higher mileage 5.7 engines the 6.1 have a stronger spring so they don't break at all that I have heard of they can be changed in truck if the shop that has the truck has the spring tool to do it in truck spend a little extra now and upgrade to Manley springs or 6.1 exhaust at least save some time and money if it happens again you will have just paid about what it will cost to do it now just my 2c
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:30 AM   #10
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Said to have been a problem on some batches of springs on 03 and early 04. Typically a exhaust valve. If you have had one break, it is recommended that all the springs be changed as cheap insurance. As stated the 6.1 exhaust valve is an excellent replacement choice. I have a early 03 and changed mine with about 60k on the engine. I didn't break any, but it made sense as I also did a cam change at the same time. IMO, get the tool and do it yourself. Good luck.
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