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#1 Russell

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 03:13 PM

I think as project I am going to replace the oil seals on my DL wagon. Leaky cam covers (usual I suppose), I figure I ought to replace the head gasket too, though no noticeable leaks except burning a little coolant (maybe). Any advice on part replacement while I have the engine apart and out of the vehicle. Like replacing the oil pump or something? you know, must do's that I don't know about. Maybe I'll just be opening up a can of worms here. Thanks in advance.



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Posted 25 March 2004 - 08:36 PM

if you have it torn apart

oil pump seals
cam seals
rear main
t belts
waterpump
tensioners/idlers
valve covers
oil pan gasket

you asked
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Posted 25 March 2004 - 10:22 PM

:banana: done a bit of engine work but not this, wanted to be certain that it was a good idea to replace these types of items. It's cool that I am not doing a true rebuild though right? Engine runs good, I really don't want to get into the crank and pistons on this project.

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tensioners and idlers, only if necessary?

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 10:34 PM

well a compression test would be a really good idea before you tear into it. mabey pressure test the cooling syst. too if you think its got a head gasket problem.

you can check the tensioners out but if its got high miles I would just change them. I think the idler bearing is replacable.

the compression test will tell you general eng. condition. the lower end may be just fine if so leave it alone. if you end up doing the head gaskets you will be able to inspect the cylinders a bit better.

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 12:09 AM

if you have the engine out,do every thing you can short of rings and bearings,if the TRUE oil pressure and compressiontests tell you that these things are ok.
Why take the engine out twice?

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 11:35 AM

:) Ok thanks guys. I'll do the compression test next weekend. Mind if post the results to get some reinforcement? I understand its easy to misinterpret.

How would you pressure test the coolant system?

Oh by the way, do you guys have a better idea for separating the steering knuckle from the drive axle assembly without taking the whole assembly to the dealer as recommended in the Haynes 1600 & 1800 manual. Last time I did it I used a sledge, but I think in hindsight this maybe was a bad idea.

thanks again everybody. I know i'm new here, but you guys have been really cool and helpful.

Russell




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