After a 32-year absence, Chrysler made the HEMI engine available again during the 2003 production year. The engine , however, was reduced from the 7.0-liter monster of the 1960s and early-1970s to 5.7 liters. The engine was originally used only in Dodge’s pickup truck line, but it was quickly adapted for use in a number of passenger vehicles and SUVs. As with all engines, the 5.7-liter HEMI’s bolt torque specifications must be followed closely.
Tighten the exhaust manifold bolts to 18 foot-pounds of torque, and the manifold’s head shield nuts to 11 foot-pounds.