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mechanical questions--advice needed
Posted 25 January 2004 - 04:47 PM
Posted 25 January 2004 - 05:55 PM
Have you changed the timing belts before? Doing the oil pump and oil pan gasket are just part of this job. They add about 20 minutes to the T-belt job (plus cleaning....)
The secret I found to the oil pan bolts is to get a 1/4" flexible extension drive. Kind of looks like a snake. There's 4 or 5 bolts toward the rear that are tough to get, even with the extension, but all you'll suffer are a few cuss words. After you get the bolts off, to drop the oil pan you have to rotate it 180 degrees, slide it off the pickup tube, and rotate it some more to get it to drop off. Not hard, but don't get frustrated and pull it off with the the pickup tube.
Your oil pump might not need replacing, you can get a kit with new O-rings and shaft seal. Either way, you're not gonna do this without pulling the T-belts. So read up on changing the T-belts in any service manual.
Lots of questions about changing T-belts have been answered here, use the Search function for free hints....
Posted 25 January 2004 - 06:05 PM
Posted 25 January 2004 - 06:39 PM
I would recco that you clean the area and watch for where the oil leak is coming from.
There is quite a difference between replacing a sender unit and tearing the entire front (including T belt covers) off of the engine.
Although if you do attempt this tear down, which can be intimidating, you might as well change all the components listed when doing a T belt change. A simple search for "timing belt replacement" will yield this list.
Thanks for reading and good luck in your endeavor
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