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Old 10-23-2009, 12:28 PM   #21
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perfect! will report back!

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Old 10-23-2009, 04:57 PM   #22
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Have the 'elbows' but am lost where to start. How do they come out? sorry.....
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I believe you will need to pull the water pump, or the LIM. I've never done just a elbow replacement. Billboost might know a trick for that.
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To swap the elbows, disconnect the battery and remove the alternator. Then there are three bolts holding the alternator bracket to the motor

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When you wiggle that off, you have both elbows accessible. Clean the holes with steel wool and then lube the o-rings with either vasoline, oil or something slippery. Slide then into the tensioner/alt bracket and put it all back together. Bolt things back together, refill and burp the coolant and you are back on the road.
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Thanks!!!!!!!!! Will report back.

(and I can't figure why '2001, Silver SSEi doesn't show up on my posts?)
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It'* been four days and no leakage! The 'elbows' were badly deteriorated. I must admit I had a brilliant idea, I drained the coolant before I started!

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What about the overheating, lack of heat in the passenger compartment, etc.?
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Everything is normal! Coolant level steady, temp guage steady, passenger compartment consistent heat.
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Everything is normal! Coolant level steady, temp guage steady, passenger compartment consistent heat.
That'* great. Glad to hear it. Just in time for the cold winter months.
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