I did my LIM/UIM job yesterday. I was a bit intimidated by the job as the only engine work I've done was oil changes, plugs, alternators, and belts. All together it took me 12hrs with a good 1hr lunch. The temps were in the high 30'* for the day and the 20'* in the evening- which slows me down. Anyway, here'* what I did. And forgive me for the blurry photos, most were taken with my camera in a plastic bag as not to make a greasy mess of it.
Some of the external crud that had me worried.
First I worked on bleeding all of the Dex out of her. This itself cost me a few hours working with freezing wet hands. Plus, I wasn't too sure which direction the coolant flows, so I probably removed more hoses than necessary. I'd pull a hose, drain it, run a garden hose in it and run the car for a moment, then move on the next one. Seemed to do the trick though.
I stripped down the UIM, and found it wasn't too bad (compared to some I've seen on here). Some oil crud, but good gasket and a decent looking UIM.
I removed the LIM and found some shady looking gaskets. I don't suppose all that coolant buildup is doing any good- is that common, or did a previous owner dump in some stop-leak?
I cleaned up the crud the best I could and installed the new gaskets.
I used my bathtub along with a bunch of elbow grease to scrub the LIM clean. Not a good idea, as I've got one hell of bathroom cleaning job ahead of me.
Anyway, I also swapped the front valve cover and gasket. I wanted to do the rear too (as I had painted up a rear cover as well), but it seems that I could not remove it without removing the water pump and everything attached to it- not happening tonight. So here'* the final pic, with my freshly painted parts.
And a pic just for the sake of whoring