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Old 08-22-2012, 07:38 AM   #5
Bad Noodle
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2007 SuperWagon
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Originally Posted by yarrgh View Post
You can use scotch brite for cleaning the block. I use a razor and take my sweet time making not to nick the aluminum. You can reuse the tensioner. If the idler pulleys are making noise, replace them. Some people replace them just to make sure, some also replace the water pump since it a slight pain to get back in there should it fail, but few do fail.
By making noise, you mean free spin them in my fingers and see if the bearings rattle?
And will check rear seals. Good idea.
Do you know if I need a new rear cam hole plug for the heads. Will be using new seals for the front of the cams, but for the back, can I put some gray stuff on the plug and tap it in?

Originally Posted by yarrgh View Post
Head bolts are reusable in my experience. Check the rear main seal and the funky shaped access cover for leaking, re-seal as necessary. You could open up the exhaust ports and match up to the headers while it's all out. You can chase all the threads to make sure they're all clean for reassembly.
Is there any easy way to check if the bolts are Ok? Every place I was going to buy a head gasket set says you need new bolts? Snake oil?

Originally Posted by RaceFaceXC View Post
If the heads were that bad, the crank case probably needs to be trued flat, too.
Originally Posted by geronimo81 View Post
Napa sells a green nylon brush for your drill that is made specifically for cleaning off aluminum. It works awesome on heads/block and is super easy with a drill. I can't find it online but they will know what you are talking about if you go in. It leaves a polished/smooth surface!
Sounds awesome. Do you just shove rags into the coolant and oil passages to keep them clean?

It sounds like the only thing I need is a head gasket set and a timing belt. The belt I took off looked fine, but the car has got 111k on it so it's probably a good idea to replace.
I was gonna go all out and get new stuff, but since I don't know if the block is warped or how this whole thing will pan out, might as well only pick up the necessities.
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