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Old 02-08-2006, 10:14 AM   #31
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Oh don't worry the oil is getting dropped, flushed through, then refilled, then changed in a few weeks. I was hoping it was just burning off, i though maybe "well got i overtorqued the manifold" or "well maybe it was defective". If it was using coolant, however, it would do it IMMEDIATELY would it not? I won't have to wait for the thermostat to open up?

And for whoever was wondering, this is what all i replaced:

UIM: Dorman kit, it was fabulous having all the correct pieces.
LIM Gaskets: I got these directly from Key Cadillac since i was there for the coolant elbow anyways, and they were cheaper than at Autozone.
Coolant Elbow: Yes, it broke. Easier to get out than i thought though...
Thermostat gasket Ripped taking it off, i probably could have siliconed it but i thought why risk it?
Spark Plugs Obviously the old ones were fouled, so i got 6 new Autolite AU606 platinums. It'* what was in there before also, seemed to run pretty good.

It took a while to get it started the first few times, i think i pulled the plugs three times to get the cylinders totally dry. I made sure and held the gas at 100% to cut the fuel injectors, and that really seemed to help. Still hesitated a little when it first started but then it smoothed right out. The front bank of lifters (left side for you RWD guys) is ticking audibly though so i didn't let it run any longer than i had to to make sure i had no leaks. Tonight is oil change time. All in all it was a good experience, my new craftsman toolkit finally got a good workout. Took me about 2 hours taking it apart, 1 hours cleaning misc. parts, and another 3 hours putting it in and getting it running. I figure another hour tonight and she'll be good as new. That'* 7 hours.. at $55 an hour... damn that'* almost $400 in labor i saved her. But thanks for all your help again, it put a lot of the doubt out of my ming about doing it alone. You guys have never let me down!
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:18 AM   #32
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compare your 55 dollars and hour vs a dealer'* 85-95/hour.

Keep an eye on the car for a few days to make sure it doesn't have leaks or anything. And so all the air bubbles are out of the block coolant passages.

What are you getting from her, out of this
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:24 AM   #33
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I love the devils face... but keep in mind she'* a 38-year old mother of 3, recently widowed after 20 years of marraige. There'* been basically nothing but pain in her life for the past 4 months so i do anything i can to help. It'* hard enough for her to even pay for the parts, she hasn't worked since the kids were born and she still has 3 cars and a mortage to take care of, not to mention her oldest son just shattered his wrist. But she pays me back the best way she can, even if it'* not in cash. You should see the parties we have Imagine 5 people for one night and there'* over 4 liters of vodka gone. Hahaha
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It sounds like you are a true good neighbor and friend.
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Well i try. I've known (and on occasion dated) her daughter for 10 or 11 years, since we were in 1st grade (11th now). It'* pretty hard to just sit around and not do anything, they're all like an extension of my family.
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Well i try. I've known (and on occasion dated) her daughter for 10 or 11 years, since we were in 1st grade (11th now). It'* pretty hard to just sit around and not do anything, they're all like an extension of my family.
Its good to try and help people... Especially when they are close to you...

I have a friend that says, help people when you can and you too will be blessed...

Glad you got it running...

It should take a couple of trips to dry out the CAT... You may use a little cvoolant the first few days... Might notice the overflow down a hair... After that the car shouldn't use anymore coolant... And if all that happens, than pat your self on the back as you did a good job

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Well i got it done finally. I went over and changed the oil, changed the filter, topped it off with coolant, and let her rip. The lifters quieted down IMMEDIATELY, but it took about 25 minutes for the coolant to completely burn off. Besides that, it runs perfectly, no leaks no coolant use. Runs smooth as glass. Overall i'm pretty happy with the results, i think i did alright for my first time. The old oil was totally black, but it didn't seem to have very much coolant in it. Hopefully now she'* going to sell it, she doesn't like it as much as her grand am or her explorer. Anyways i just wanted to say thanks again for all your help! Oh BTW i'll be posting in the FS section, she wants it gone.
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Well i got it done finally. I went over and changed the oil, changed the filter, topped it off with coolant, and let her rip. The lifters quieted down IMMEDIATELY, but it took about 25 minutes for the coolant to completely burn off. Besides that, it runs perfectly, no leaks no coolant use. Runs smooth as glass. Overall i'm pretty happy with the results, i think i did alright for my first time. The old oil was totally black, but it didn't seem to have very much coolant in it. Hopefully now she'* going to sell it, she doesn't like it as much as her grand am or her explorer. Anyways i just wanted to say thanks again for all your help! Oh BTW i'll be posting in the FS section, she wants it gone.
Gald to hear it... The old oil was loaded with an unburned mess of fuel moisture and the like... It was thinned out in a bad way... Thats why the lifters were chattering...

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Glad to hear you rolled through it easiily.

Mechanics can cut the time by having air and having done it before...AJ and I were a 4ish hours on it. But that was two of us on most of it...(when I wasn't posting)
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I think I have my UIM, by myself down to 2-3 hours using only hand tools.
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