This head gasket set is just the kit you need when you are planning to rebuild or replace your cylinder heads. The set contains all the gaskets needed to reassemble the top end of your engine and bring it back to new status!

Each gasket in this set has the following specifications:

  • Made from high quality materials
  • Replaces dealer part number: 12369149
  • Heat resistant
  • Oil resistant
  • Direct fit replacement
  • Built to strict quality control standards
  • Fits models with V8 5.0L Engine only

This head gasket set contains the following pieces:

  • Multi-Layered Non-Asbestos Head Gaskets
  • Intake Manifold Gaskets
  • Exhaust Manifold Gaskets
  • Valve Cover Gaskets
  • Valve Stem Seals
  • Miscellaneous Other O-Rings & Gaskets

Wear and Tear

This item is backed by a 60-day warranty against defects in materials and workmanship under its intended use. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear. 

  1. step : Removing the Exhaust Manifold Head Bolts (1:25)
    • Warm the engine up to operating temperature
    • Use a 14mm socket and ratchet to remove the driver side exhaust bolts and heat shields
    • Keep track of the bolts position
    • Disconnect the exhaust manifold from the cylinder head
  2. step : Disconnecting the Battery (3:10)
    • Disconnect the negative terminal with a 5/16 or 8mm wrench
    • Move the terminal to the side
  3. step : Removing the Air Intake (3:32)
    • Loosen the throttle body thumbscrew by hand
    • Label the hoses with painter's tape and a marker
    • Disconnect the breather hose from the throttle body
    • Disconnect the mass airflow sensor
    • Disconnect the intake air temperature sensor
    • Unclip the air box tabs
    • Lift off the air box cover
    • Pull the air intake up and out
    • Remove the bottom of the air box
  4. step : Removing the Exhaust Manifold Head Bolts (4:22)
    • Warm the engine up to operating temperature
    • Use a 14mm socket and ratchet to remove the passenger side exhaust bolts and heat shields
    • Keep track of the bolts position
    • Disconnect the exhaust manifold from the cylinder head
  5. step : Removing the Upper Fan Shroud (4:42)
    • Disconnect the positive side of the battery
    • Pull the harness out of the fan shroud
    • Remove the three 10mm bolts along the top of the fan shroud
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts on each side of the fan shroud
    • Remove the upper fan shroud
  6. step : Removing the Serpentine Belt (5:26)
    • Familiarize yourself with the route of the serpentine belt
    • Insert the 3/8 inch drive ratchet into the tensioner
    • Turn the tensioner clockwise to loosen the belt
    • Pull the belt off the alternator
    • Release the tensioner
    • Pull the belt off by hand
  7. step : Removing the Upper Radiator Hose (5:45)
    • Push down and remove the radiator cap
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Unscrew the drain plug
    • Close the hose clamp and disconnect the upper radiator hose
    • Remove the hose from the radiator
    • Remove the hose from the thermostat side
    • Remove the upper radiator hose
  8. step : Removing the Throttle Cables and AC Compressor (6:38)
    • Flip out the throttle lever out
    • Pop the plastic rod out of its clip on the throttle cable
    • Pull the cable around until it sits into the notch
    • Slide the cable end out
    • Collapse the tabs on the throttle cable retainers with a pair of pliers
    • Push down on the tabs on the throttle cable bracket
    • Pop the retainer out for the cruise control cable
    • Pop the clamp from the main throttle cable
    • Lay the cables out of the way
    • Remove the connector on the back of the AC compressor
    • Use a flat blade screwdriver to pop the container open
    • Disconnect the switch on the back
    • Pry out and disconnect the A/C pressure clutch connector
    • Pop out the AC compressor line from its retainer
    • Remove the four 13mm bolts on the top of the AC compressor
    • Lift the AC compressor off of its bracket and place it on the passenger side of the engine bay
  9. step : Removing the Alternator (8:33)
    • Remove the 10mm bolt at the rear of the alternator
    • Remove the two 13mm bolts at the bottom of the alternator
    • Wiggle and lift the alternator out of its brackets with a pry bar
    • Disconnect the wiring harness from the alternator
    • Lift the rubber boot
    • Remove the 13mm bolt
    • Remove the alternator
  10. step : Removing the Tensioner (9:07)
    • Remove the 10mm bolt above the idler pulley
    • Move the outlet hose out of the way
    • Place the 10mm back in its position
    • Remove the 13mm bolt from the tensioner
    • Remove the tensioner
  11. step : Removing the Alternator Bracket (9:51)
    • Pry out the retainer for the power wire
    • Release the radiator hose from the retainers
    • Remove the two 15mm bolts from the alternator bracket
    • Remove the alternator bracket
  12. step : Disconnecting the Wiring Harnesses (10:35)
    • Pinch the tabs and remove the heater hose
    • Remove the clamp on the water pump to heater hose
    • Remove the hard pipe
    • Remove the 15mm nut securing the grounds to the thermostat housing
    • Disconnect the coolant temp sensor
    • Disconnect the EGR
    • Pry out the retainer for the harness
    • Disconnect the throttle position sensor
    • Disconnect the idle air control connector
    • Disconnect the crank position sensor underneath the vehicle behind the harmonic balancer
    • Loosen the 14mm nut behind the bottom water pump hose
    • Remove the ground
    • Pop the hose out of the retainer
    • Disconnect the vacuum solenoid connector
    • Disconnect the MAP sensor connector
    • Lift up and disconnect the white safety tab
    • Pry out the ears and disconnect the from the top of the manifold
    • Open the harness retainer on the passenger side valve cover and the driver side
    • Disconnect the connector on the driver cylinder head
  13. step : Removing the Distributor Cap (14:02)
    • Pull the spark plug wires off the spark plugs
    • Unclip the wiring retainers with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the spark plug wire from the ignition coil
    • Remove the two T20 Torx screws from the distributor
    • Lift the distributor cap up and out
  14. step : Setting the Engine Timing (15:25)
    • Make sure the engine is at top dead center compression
    • Attach a 16mm socket and ratchet to the crankshaft pulley bolt
    • Turn the crankshaft clockwise until the notch lines up with the notch on the timing cover
    • Make sure both lifters for cylinder one are down
  15. step : Removing the Distributor (18:01)
    • Loosen the 13mm bolt from the distributor hold-down plate
    • Remove the hold-down plate from the distributor
    • Disconnect the distributor electrical connector
    • Pull the distributor up and out
  16. step : Removing the Ignition Coil Module (18:38)
    • Remove the cap on Schrader valve on the fuel rail
    • Place paper towels around it
    • Press the top pin with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Using a pair of pliers, compress the clip on the vacuum hose for the brake booster
    • Remove it from the bracket
    • Lay it off the side
    • With a 16mm flare nut wrench, loosen the fuel fittings behind the intake on the driver side
    • Remove the two 10mm nuts securing the ignition coil module bracket from the top of the engine
    • Lift up on the bracket and move it around the module
    • Lay the harnesses up toward the back of the engine
    • Remove the two 10mm nuts on the studs below the two just removed
    • Remove the ignition coil and module
  17. step : Removing the Spark Plugs (20:45)
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the dipstick tube bracket
    • Remove the eight spark plugs with a 5/8" socket and ratchet extension
  18. step : Removing the EGR Tube Bolts (21:26)
    • Loosen the 22mm EGR tube nut going into the intake
    • Pop the connector out of its retainer
    • Disconnect the intake breather hose on the driver side valve cover
    • Remove the 13mm hold down on the EGR tube
  19. step : Removing the Power Steering Pump Pulley and Bracket (22:20)
    • Remove the 14mm nut and two 14mm bolts on the power steering pump bracket
    • Install the shaft of the puller into the center of the power steering pump pulley
    • Clamp the clamps around the pulley and pulley
    • Place the sleeve over them
    • Turn the center bolt until it locks into place
    • Drive the shaft in with a 17mm and 22mm wrench
    • Remove the power steering pump pulley
    • Remove the remaining bolts from the power steering pump bracket
    • Remove the 14mm bolt from the power steering pump bracket
    • Release the hose clamp from the top
    • Remove the power steering pump bracket
  20. step : Removing the Intake Manifold (25:02)
    • Remove the eight 13mm bolts around the perimeter of the lower intake manifold
    • Collapse the thermostat hose clamp
    • Disconnect the thermostat hose
    • Remove the four 10mm bolts on each valve cover
    • Lift the valve cover up and off
    • Remove the vacuum hose
    • Lift the intake manifold up and off
  21. step : Removing the Rocker Arms and Pushrods (26:34)
    • Remove the 16mm nuts securing the rocker arms to the head
    • Familiarize yourself with the location of the parts
    • Bank one and odds are on the driver side
    • Bank two and evens are on the passenger side
    • In order from the front
    • Exhaust, intake, intake, exhaust, exhaust, intake, intake, exhaust
    • Remove the rocker arm and pushrod and keep track of its original location
  22. step : Removing the Cylinder Heads (28:14)
    • Remove the 17 head bolts from the driver side cylinder head
    • There are four in the top row
    • There are five in the center row
    • There are eight along the bottom
    • Remove these with a 13mm socket, ratchet, and socket extension
    • Mark and keep a location of these Bank 1 bolts
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Double check for any connections
    • Remove the cylinder head
    • Remove the head gasket
    • Remove the ground strap and the 14mm nut on the back of the passenger side cylinder head
    • Repeat the process for Bank 2
    • Line any motor oil in the engine to keep it from rusting
    • Cover any open engine components
  23. step : Cleaning the Engine Heads (29:44)
    • Remove the coolant temp sensor with a 19mm socket and ratchet
    • Soak the bracketry with cleaner or oil and grease remover
    • Remove the bracketry on the sides of the both heads with a 10mm socket
    • Clean the engine heads with a wire brush
    • Lay the engine head on its side
    • Clean the carbon out of the ports with a wire brush
    • Spray out the ports with solvent
    • Spray out the ports with compressed air
    • Repeat this process for the other engine head
  24. step : Painting the Engine Heads (35:06)
    • Cover the ports and top of the engine heads with painter's tape
    • Find a well-ventilated and warm area
    • Paint the engine with Chevy Orange Engine Enamel Paint
  25. step : Cleaning the Engine Surface (36:30)
    • Blow any fluids and residue out of the engine
    • Dry off the engine with a paper towel
    • Scrape off any residue from the surface with a razor
    • Blow any debris that fell in the engine out with an air compressor
    • Blow into the threaded holes
    • Wipe down all the surfaces with brake cleaner and a rag
    • Clean off the engine surface with a red scouring pad
    • Wipe off the gasket surface
  26. step : Installing the Head Gaskets (41:05)
    • Lay the gasket onto the engine and align it onto the pins
    • Make sure the holes are lined up correctly
  27. step : Installing the Cylinder Head (41:33)
    • Install the cylinder head onto the engine block
    • Install new long head bolts into the center of the cylinder head
    • Install medium head bolts into the front and back of the cylinder head
    • Install the short head bolts into the side of the cylinder head
    • Torque the bolts to 22 foot-pounds in the proper torque sequence
    • Use a torque angle gauge to torque the long bolts to an additional 75 degrees
    • Use a torque angle gauge to torque the medium bolts to an additional 65 degrees
    • Use a torque angle gauge to torque the small bolts to an additional 55 degrees
    • Repeat the process on the opposite side
  28. step : Reinstalling the Pushrods and Rocker Arms (45:19)
    • Clear out the grease in the engine valley
    • Reinstall the pushrods and rocker arms in their correct slots without tightening
    • Rotate the crankshaft until the top dead center mark is aligned on the pulley and the timing cover
    • Check that both lifters are down
    • Adjust the exhaust valves on cylinder 1, 3, 4, and 8
    • Adjust the intake valves on 1, 2, 5, and 7
    • By spinning down the nut on the rockers while rotating the push rod with your fingers
    • Get rid of the lash until it's harder to rotate and has not up and down movement to it
    • Rotate the nut another 160
    • Rotate the crankshaft back to top dead center
    • Adjust the exhaust vales on 2, 5, 6, 7
    • Adjust the intake valves on 3, 4, 6, 8
    • Reinstall the 14mm stud into the back of the head
    • Reinstall the two ground wires onto the stud
    • Tighten the 14mm nut
  29. step : Cleaning the Manifold and Engine (50:45)
    • Lay the intake manifold over
    • Remove the old gasket material
    • Remove the gasket sealer along the valley portion
    • Scrape off the gasket sealer with a razor blade
    • Wiper the gasket surface with some solvent
    • Scrape any gasket from the engine
    • Wipe the engine surface with some solvent
  30. step : Installing the Intake Manifold (52:27)
    • Lay the intake manifold gaskets into the locking pins
    • Lay gasket maker into the valley corners and the engine
    • Set the intake manifold into place
    • Reinstall the seven bolts into the manifold
    • Leave the EGR bolt out
    • Face the manifold from the face of the car
    • Tighten the bolts in the following sequence: first round to 71 inch-pounds, second to 106 inch-pounds, third to 11 foot-pounds
    • Tighten the second bolt in on the passenger side
    • Tighten the third bolt in on the driver side
    • Tighten the third bolt in on the passenger side
    • Tighten the second bolt in on the driver side
    • Tighten the fourth bolt in on the passenger side
    • Tighten the fourth bolt in the driver side
    • Tighten the first bolt in on the passenger side
    • Tighten the first bolt in on the driver side
  31. step : Installing the Valve Cover (54:46)
    • Install the valve cover gasket to the valve cover
    • Lay the valve cover into place
    • Tighten the four 10mm bolts
    • Repeat the process for the other side
    • Torque the bolts to 106 inch-pounds
    • Step 20: Reattaching the Fuel Line Fittings and EGR Tube [28:35]
    • Realign the EGR tube
    • Tighten the 22mm bolts to the EGR tube
    • Line up the bracket to the EGR tube
    • Tighten the 13mm bolt to the EGR tube
    • Reattach the fuel lines at the rear of the intake manifold with a 16mm flare wrench
  32. step : Preparing the Distributor (56:46)
    • Remove the two T20 Torx screws from the new distributor cap
    • Separate the new cap from the new distributor
    • Remove the two T10 Torx screws from the distributor rotor
    • Remove the rotor from the distributor
    • Line up the 8 on the on distributor with the notch on the housing
  33. step : Installing the Distributor (58:13)
    • Set the distributor into place with the flat part of the housing facing the engine
    • Start the 13mm bolt into the distributor hold-down
    • Install the rotor onto the distributor
    • Carefully tighten the two T10 bolts for the rotor
    • Connect the distributor electrical connector
  34. step : Reinstalling the Power Steering Pulley (59:57)
    • Install the ignition coil and control module
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts
    • Lay the hold down bracket for the wiring harness into place
    • Reinstall the two 10mm nuts onto the hold down
    • Reinstall the power steering and A/C bracket
    • Reinstall the 13mm hardware
    • Insert the power steering pulley into place
    • Insert the power steering pulley puller and tighten the pulley into place
  35. step : Reinstalling the Alternator and Harnesses (1:04:12)
    • Press the clamp for the water pump hose and slide the hose into place
    • Reinstall the alternator bracket
    • Tighten the 14mm hardware with a socket and ratchet
    • Press the alternator into place
    • Tighten the 13mm bolts to the alternator
    • Tighten the 10mm bolt to the alternator
    • Connect the connector on the driver cylinder head
    • Connect the harness retainer on the passenger side valve cover and the driver side
    • Connect the from the top of the manifold
    • Connect the white safety tab
    • Connect the MAP sensor connector
    • Connect the vacuum solenoid connector
    • Clip the hose into of the retainer
    • Connect the ground
    • Tighten 14mm nut behind the bottom water pump hose
    • Connect the crank position sensor underneath the vehicle behind the harmonic balancer
    • Connect the idle air control connector
    • Connect the throttle position sensor
    • Clip in the retainer for the harness
    • Connect the EGR
    • Connect the coolant temp sensor
    • Connect the 15mm nut securing the grounds to the thermostat housing
    • Insert the hard pipe
    • Insert the clamp on the water pump to heater hose
    • Pinch the tabs and connect the heater hose
    • To the alternator, reinstall the power terminal, lock washer, and 13mm nut
    • Close the boot over the nut
    • Connect the wiring harness
  36. step : Reinstall the Throttle Cables and the AC Compressor (1:07:21)
    • Connect the throttle cables into the clips
    • Open the throttle body blade
    • Loop the throttle cable into the square slot
    • Send the round cruise control cable into its slot and snap it over its tab
    • Install the vacuum booster line on the rear of the intake manifold
    • Place the AC compressor into its bracket
    • Reinstall the four 13mm bolts into the compressor
    • Reconnect the connector on the A/C compressor clutch
  37. step : Installing the Serpentine Belt (1:09:15)
    • Reinstall the tensioner and its 13mm bolt
    • Loop the belt around the crank pulley
    • Bring it around the water pump
    • Bring it under the power steering pulley
    • Bring it around the A/C Pulley
    • Bring it around the belt tensioner
    • Bring it under the idler pulley
    • Pull the tensioner clockwise with the 3/8 inch ratchet
    • Pull the belt over the alternator
    • Release the tensioner
  38. step : Installing the Upper Radiator Hose (1:10:05)
    • Insert the upper radiator hose into place
    • Compress the clamps and connect it on the thermostat and radiator side
    • Reinstall the upper fan shroud
    • Tighten the seven 10mm bolts to the fan shroud
    • Clip in the power wire
  39. step : Tightening the Exhaust Manifold Bolts (1:11:07)
    • Tighten the 10mm bolt to the side of the head
    • Install the exhaust manifold gasket
    • Tighten the 14mm bolts and heat shields by hand
    • Tighten the bolts to the exhaust manifold
    • Repeat the step for the opposite side
  40. step : Installing New Spark Plugs (1:12:02)
    • Insert the spark plugs with a spark plug socket
    • Tighten the spark plugs with a socket and ratchet
    • Repeat this step on the remaining seven cylinder
  41. step : Installing the Ignition Coil (1:12:30)
    • Place the coil plug onto the ignition coil
    • Place the passenger rear on the distributer marked C
    • Connect the spark plugs as 6, 4, 2, 8 on the passenger side
    • Connect them to the corresponding spark plug
    • Drive side is 1, 3, 5, 7
    • Route the spark plug wires along their appropriate rungs
  42. step : Installing the Upper Air Intake (1:13:52)
    • Install the lower half of the airbox
    • Press the upper intake into place
    • Tighten the thumb screw
    • Connect the PCV breather hose
    • Reinstall the MAF sensor
    • Reinstall the air intake sensor
    • Reinstall the air box lip
  43. step : Reconnecting the Battery (1:14:22)
    • Connect the negative terminal with a 5/16 or 8mm wrench
    • Connect the positive terminal with a 5/16 or 8mm wrench
  44. step : Starting the Vehicle (1:14:34)
    • Refill the oil
    • Refill the coolant
    • Start the vehicle

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Drain Pan
  • Wire Brush
  • Flashlight
  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant
  • Paper Towels
  • Anti-Seize Grease
  • Safety Glasses
  • Brake Parts Cleaner
  • Gloves
  • Bungee Cord
  • Painter's Tape
  • Wire Ties
  • Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Channel-Lock Pliers
  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • Complete Metric Socket Set

  • Torx Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Torx Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • Complete Metric Wrench Set

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Vehicle Fit

Year Make Model Description
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1997-1998Chevy K2500 Truck Chevy K2500 Truck Head Gasket Set V8 5.0L
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1996-1998GMC C2500 Truck GMC C2500 Truck Head Gasket Set V8 5.0L
1996-1999GMC K1500 Truck GMC K1500 Truck Head Gasket Set V8 5.0L
1998GMC K2500 Truck GMC K2500 Truck Head Gasket Set V8 5.0L
1996-2002GMC Savana 1500 Van GMC Savana 1500 Van Head Gasket Set V8 5.0L
1996-2002GMC Savana 2500 Van GMC Savana 2500 Van Head Gasket Set V8 5.0L
Part #: 1AEGS00237


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