What are the torque specification for the head bolts when replacing a head gasket on a 93 Taurus - Sable with 3.8 engine?

I have done six gasket jobs on the 3.8. I did not have to have any of these heads resurfaced,the were just bad gaskets right from the start.

Use your search engine,type in torque specs 3.8, then choose the first one on the list . All ford mustangs 3.8 specs. these are the specs i used on all eight cars and all worked fine. This is basically the same motor but turned to drive rear wheels instead of the front.

Torque sequence:


6 4 2 8

5 1 3 7


Step 1: Torque from 47-53 Nm (35 to 39 Ft/Lbs)

Step 2: Back off all bolts 360

Step 3: Torque from 27 -33NM (20 to 24 Ft/Lbs)

Step 4: Torque rotate 85-95

Step 5: Torque rotate additional 85-95

See "Related Links" for example of head bolt torque specifications - Autozone's free, online Chiltons Manual