I'm pacing myself on the repairs/parts as the car is not needed as the family third yet, but I've discovered a few more things.
I removed the timing belt covers and, of course, both sides had a bolt or two (even after I'd been soaking with PB for a few days) that was frozen which spun the backing nut in the rear cover and cracked each one. Rear timing belt covers have been added to my parts list. Has anyone had luck acquiring these at junk yards?
I did not see any melting of the rear timing covers, so I'm hopeful that the engine was not overheated a bunch.
After cleaning lots of oil off of various parts of the engine/transmission, I think I can now say that the separator plate is leaking a fair amount, both valve cover gaskets have some leaks, and maybe the oil pan (it is at the rear, which could be fallout from the separator plate leak). Looks like an engine pull will be coming, but not until after I get the t-belt and water pump done.
The timing belt itself has some decent cracking, so it can't be long before it would be shredding, so my planned replacement is well timed.
I learned a couple of weeks ago that Fairfax County was upping the penalty if you didn't title your car within 30 days (from $100 to $350) so I need to get it registered. To do that, I need a current emissions inspection. Since there is a significant leak at the water pump (the gasket) I decided to install a new gasket so I could try and stem the water flow and get the car to an inspection location.
After the usual wrestling with rusty hose clamps and a frozen spade connector to a ground wire for a rad fan, radiator out, timing belt off, starter bump to loosen the crank bolt (took 6-7 bumps before it came loose...a bit scary!), water pump removed, new gasket in place (just the main one, did not replace the "L" shaped one on the side), torque everything. I had a devil of a time figuring out the spot to stick an allen wrench to hold the flex plate so I could tighten the crank bolt (a wasted 15 minutes). Now I can't believe it took me that long to find it.
Fill 'er up with some water...and proceed to hear water steadily leaking out of the water pump location (same as before) as I'm filling. Ugh. Way more than a drip. I started it up and, surprisingly, the leak reduced to just a small drip now and then.
off to emissions testing (pass, yay!).The leak is, like it was last time I checked, definitely from around the water pump joint and not the thermostat gasket.
I know my t-belt kit that I plan to get from mizumoauto includes a new water pump. I'm wondering if the water pump currently on my car could have been damaged (warped?) or something to make it so that even a new gasket installed would still allow such a hefty leak? This may be moot because if my planned water pump replacement, but could something have happened to the block that a new water pump/gasket will not address the issue?
Side story: During the emissions test the inspector told me my car wouldn't start (even though it started fine to get to the station, and the three times I started it to move up in line just prior to the test). I just replaced the battery when I purchased the car two weeks ago and have not had any problems with starting. Turn the key, all dash lights come on but no crank. We look for alarm system (none to my knowledge and no key fob came with the car). One of the mechanics comes over and taps the starter with a long screwdriver and voila. This leads to some searching on here last night that points me in the director of ordering a rebuild kit from ebay with new contacts and plunger. Even reman starters are expensive! If the rebuild doesn't work I'll pick one up at the junk yard.
Side story number 2: I learned (the hard way, of course) that it is not a good idea to start and run the engine for a couple seconds to check the timing after installing the belt WITHOUT connecting a small hose between the transmission cooler inlet and outlet tubes. That fluid shot 10 feet in the air and a one second blast made for some fun cleanup under the hood.
John, I'm like you- no garage and just working outside the shed. I live in (and dislike) the typical northern VA home that does not have a garage (or even a carport in many cases).