Of all the possible retail sources for something that critical, I'd place Autozone at the bottom of the list of places I'd trust to provide a good quality head. Is your present head rebuildable or is it cracked?
__________________ When you have a choice, buy American.
Just saying maybe it's not the very best choice but it will work and have a warranty!
They (Auto parts store) take a head in on trade and have an engine company re manufacture it for them.They don't do the rebuild behind the counter. I wouldn't short change Auto zone just because they are considered low end. It's all about what cost you can afford.
Personally no, the reason I say this is the 2.5 and 4.0 heads are cast iron and usually crack. You can fix cast iron cracks but to do it right takes time and skill. Most drill the crack and drive in metal plugs then grind off flat or it can be welded even epoxied. Personally if yours isn't cracked I would have it redone. If it is then I would look for a good core to have reworked or possibly a new head. I think the #0331 is the worst for cracking but the ones that have TUPY stamped in the center have the problem with cracking fixed. There are heads on Evil bay with new thicker castings for a little over 400$ and performance heads with the new castings for 600$ Anyway back to autozone and others they tend to outsource to a company that will meet their low cost criteria and then they have to make a profit and still end up on the cheaper end so the quality I have seen in some of their motor stuff that has been reworked is lacking but some are ok... It's really hit or miss. It doesn't cost them when you bring back a head but if it doesn't work out for you it will cost you at least another gasket set, head bolts possibly (most are one time use now), fluids and labor if you aren't doing it yourself and time if you are.
It doesn't cost them when you bring back a head but if it doesn't work out for you it will cost you at least another gasket set, head bolts possibly (most are one time use now), fluids and labor if you aren't doing it yourself and time if you are.
I wouldn't short change Auto zone just because they are considered low end. It's all about what cost you can afford.
This ↑ I've got a reman 2.5 engine from Autozone in my rig now, going on 2 1/2 years and 40k miles with no problems. I would give it a chance, the thing I liked about buying from AZ was that they were local invade I had any problems...