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Old 09-15-2005, 08:10 AM   #1
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Default Planning on changing LIM gaskets

As the title says.

Got some pretty dex cool seeping down the side of the head, coming from the intake gaskets.

Before taking a 5 hour trip each way to Rochester this needs to get done. I plan on taking a day and saving some money. And learning a lot about my car.

The car is my 97 SSEi with the L67 motor. I plan to document and take pictures. Getting my list of parts finalized and it includes:
Gasket set for intake, lower and SC base
TB gasket (nothing like a clean intake) and TB cleaner
Extra cans of brake cleaner (the bomb for cleaning gasket surfaces)
Coolant elbow and O rings
Coolant
Already have copper atv (permatex'* high temp use for everything gold standard)
Other half of manual (note to self to steal from Randy)

Does anyone need pics of anything in particular?
Have a trick on doing something? Like Jr'* tip on to coolant elbow.
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One tip.... Have a second set of hands... You know... Like you get behind the camera and let randy help you...lol

Seriously tho, as second set of hands to reinstall the intake is very helpful...

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2 coolant o-rings for between the LIM and SC on the TB end (they sit in pockets in the LIM).

Use hi-temp rtv automotive sealant in the 'corners' where the LIM, heads, and block meet. Both UNDER and ON TOP of the ends of the LIM to block seals. This is where the 'tips' erode over time.

Do the O-rings on the injectors, too. You'll have them out, so what the hell. In fact, send them out to Oregon for cleaning and drive the 95 for a week.
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2 coolant o-rings for between the LIM and SC on the TB end (they sit in pockets in the LIM).

Use hi-temp rtv automotive sealant in the 'corners' where the LIM, heads, and block meet. Both UNDER and ON TOP of the ends of the LIM to block seals. This is where the 'tips' erode over time.

Do the O-rings on the injectors, too. You'll have them out, so what the H***. In fact, send them out to Oregon for cleaning and drive the 95 for a week.
For that I'll pick up a bunch and get them matched up. But really good idea!
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One tip.... Have a second set of hands... You know... Like you get behind the camera and let randy help you...lol

Seriously tho, as second set of hands to reinstall the intake is very helpful...
Hey, Bill, drive out to Phoenix and I'll give you a hand

Just make sure to take plenty of pics, so the rest of us SII guys have something to refer to when it happens to us! (at least until Bill1 and/or Don move out of the stone age and get a 96-99!)
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One tip.... Have a second set of hands... You know... Like you get behind the camera and let randy help you...lol

Seriously tho, as second set of hands to reinstall the intake is very helpful...
Hey, Bill, drive out to Phoenix and I'll give you a hand

Just make sure to take plenty of pics, so the rest of us SII guys have something to refer to when it happens to us! (at least until Bill1 and/or Don move out of the stone age and get a 96-99!)

he can stop by las cruces on the way.
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Let'* stay on topic please
I still say have those extra hands... On Topic NOW...

If you are going to use a sealer other than silicone Grey or Silicone Black, please make totally sure it says sensor safe or you will always eat O2 sensors....

When you get to it look at my thread... If you need I can find a link later...

The end seals are actually install dry... But I like to have a light amount of High Temp Silicone Black on both sides of the seal, before you install the seals apply a little dab at all 4 corners where the heads and block meet.... set the intake gaskets in place and apply a little dab at those corners again... let it sit for a few minutes and then install the lower intake carefully, try to get the intake on the money before seating it... This will keep you oil leak free for years to come..

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The set I just installed (FelPro) in my 93 last month actually came with instructions that said to use that sealant on the ends. It shows a diagram of how to do it, and came with a small tube.
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Here'* the only gasket maker I ever pick up. Permatex Ultra Gold. Buy one tube and use on anything.

http://www.permatex.com/auto/autouh....&item_no=81878

All good ideas..

Bill I've almost always found a tube of goop in the box w/GM intake gaskets. Corners are important.
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