Yeah, I still want someone to come by and help me. Although the more information I get about this, the easier it seems to be to do.
I've never done anything with the engine mounts, so which ones are you talking about? I think the only ones I know about are aft of the cylinder heads, on either side of the transmission. Not sure though, as I've never looked in that area. Hopefully I'll be able to jack it up fine on this hill, but I don't own a floor jack. Borrowed one from a friend when I did my tranny swap, but I've only got the scissor jack.
All those gaskets are dry installation? I knew about the exhaust not needing sealant, but the valve cover, head, and intake manifold gaskets? So basically, it's like take everything apart/off, take off old gasket, position new gasket, bolt everything back on? There's no need to get a sealant and do what's in the picture below?
If I really don't need to use any sealant, that'll make this job much easier. There are two things I hate dealing with when working on cars: cotter pins and gaskets. Dry gaskets that easily come off are okay, but when I have to scrap the old gasket off and seal the new one on, it gets pretty annoying.
Hopefully I'll be able to see the problem and see the crack. I'll be posting pictures when I open her up, since usually you guys can see stuff I can't. I don't think my valve cover gasket is leaking, but I do have an oil leak and it seems to be around that general area. Maybe that'll get fixed during this process? Doubt it, haha.
Out of curiosity, what would cause a cylinder head to crack? What would cause a head gasket to fail? What would cause an intake manifold to crack, or the manifold gasket to fail? Are these failures usually instantaneous and random, like in my case? Or are they more of a slowly developing problem, over a long(ish) period of time? Are there any signs at the moment of failure, like noises, smells, sights?
Like, in this case, everything was normal up until I pulled into my driveway. Smoke started pouring out of the hood, but that's it. No noises, car was still running fine, etc. Just smoke and smell of coolant. No symptoms before this moment of failure. I always put oil in the car when the engine is cool. I just find it weird how random this was, with nothing more than smoke coming out of the engine (along with the smell of coolant).
Went out to the car today, and noticed the coolant is gone from the spark plug well. Guess it drained out over time. But anyways, kinda made a bit of progress. I started to get things out of the way, but then got distracted. Removed the battery, which gives a lot more room. Then I noticed an A/C line was in the way, that once connected to the compressor that I removed months ago. Needless to say, I ended up removing the entire A/C condenser, since I was planning on doing that for a while now. It started raining, so I'll have to get back to it later. But it looks like the four valve cover bolts will be pretty easy to get to now, so we'll have to see.
Edited by jj421, 27 March 2013 - 05:09 PM.