94 3800 lim gasket replacement
hello to all!
I plan on changing my lower intake manifold gaskets this weekend on my 94 Bonneville and I was wondering what tips you have for me.
I took apart the upper intake manifold a couple of weeks ago...my first time ... and found it relatively easy. my problem then turned out to be the plastic heater hose connector. fixed that leak but my LIM leak started getting worse and now I must fix it.
so here are a couple of questions.....
Do I need to take off the upper intake manifold to do the job?
The gasket set has gaskets for the front and back, do I also silicone them or just put them on dry?
what is the best way to remove the old gaskets ?....I read that one should be careful with the aluminum not to damage it in any way.
What else am I not thinking about ...or should know?
It looks like I have to take off the valve covers too...is this right?
Here'* a story to go with it.
My Bonneville is just a driver with 155,000 miles on it that gets me back and forth to work but I enjoy it! I just don't take it out of town.
Any how my daughter in in the home coming parade a couple of weeks ago and I am suppose to pick her up at the end, in the University area.
Well it is a big parade and there are lots of people at the end trying to get out or picking up participants like me. should I say wall to wall people and cars in a residential area. So first there is a fire truck behind me and I have no where to go but luckily he turns, so I am going around the block to decide how I am going to meet my daughter...no where to park and I end up meeting the fire truck again....he is stopped with a passed out cheerleader on the street ( I'm guessing nothing serious probable just exhaustion from the walk) But I am starting to realize that I didn't plan this well at all....but I promised my wife I could handle it fine while she went to the football game....
So I finally turn down the ally to get out of the way to call my daughter and I look down and my check gauge light comes on because I am starting to over heat. I look out at my hood and sure enough there is steam coming out. Well now I am in semi panic mode because this is no where to break down....every inch of road has either people or cars on it . So I decide to drive it as far as I can go to get away from the congestion before I have to turn off the engine....It'* running at about 230 degrees so I have some leeway. any how Even though the traffic was moving at a snails pace I manage to get far enough away that I can pull over and stop the car. I was able to call my daughter and she got a ride with some one else.
I let the car cool for about a half an hour and was able to drive it home with out it ever over heating. The best part is my wife had no idea that I just about had a parade of my own ...pushing my car....
thanks for any help and I hope I didn't break any rule for telling the story.