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Old 08-22-2012, 11:57 PM   #18
tibug
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Originally Posted by J.Gibbs View Post
Yea you can reuse those. Seal them with the hardening "grey stuff" you use on the valve covers
You use liquid gasket on valve covers? That's interesting.


You could reseal the plastic cover but it will leak again. You should probably buy a new stamped steel/aluminum one. I have a nice aluminum one off mine that you can have. Only catch is that there's no mounting screws for it, and it uses tapered head screws (can be found at hardware store). It was not leaking - I only replaced it because I ruined the screws getting it off and I had a new steel plate laying around to use. The aluminum plates, by my research, are the best. Just offering...I don't want any money for it.

As for the pulleys, they do seem to wear at different rates and it's interesting to see which one is the worst. I used the same criteria for diagnosing pulleys as Allwheeldriveauto.com uses. That is, if it spins quietly and not for very long, it's got life left. If it spins loudly and/or spins for a long time (meaning its grease is now mostly absent), it's nearing it's end. It only makes sense to do the water pump.

Finally, I reused my head bolts but ended up wishing I didn't. They weren't in good shape. It doesn't seem to have bit me yet, but I can only blame myself if it ends up that way. I'm not saying you should replace yours...just saying that if you have any doubts that the bolts are good enough....you know...do watcha think is best.
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