My car suddenly lost power, and on advice of the RAC, I fitted a new distributor, cap, plugs and leads but it still didn't do any good. I had an engine tuner come out and he said that there is nothing (0.0) on number 3. He took the top off and told me that nothing had broken or come loose so I would need a new cylinder head as it would be a valve with a hole in it.
He also said that I could replace just the offending valve, but it wouldn't be worth the hassle, as it'd probably happen to another one soon enough.
I've been quoted £45 for a replacement (from a scrappie with a 60 day warranty) and about £100 labour on top. The engine tuner guy said that it is an easy enough job if I have a torque wrench, which I'm gonna borrow off of a friend.
Is there anything I should know in advance of doing the job that might come in handy - special tools? I know I have to repalce the head bolts as they stretch.
Do I need to replace the gaskets, the current ones don't leak. Also what about starting the car after fitting, as there won't be any oil in the head, shall I just pour some in the top?
The car is a Astra Mk 2 1.6 1991 (86-91).