RE: [DML] What's involved to change plugs/wires?
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RE: [DML] What's involved to change plugs/wires?


No surprises that I can think of.  Once the intake manifold is removed (only 
4 bolts) everything is right there in the open.  Special T Auto has a 
"common o-ring assortment kit" that includes two o-rings you need for the 
Y-Pipe.  If your water pump is original chances are the o-rings going into 
the block are too and I would DEFINITELY upgrade to new (silicon) hoses for 
the Water Pump and I myself bought the kit that eliminates the thin metal 
pipe under the y-pipe or you can buy the new SS one from John Hervey which I 
put on a few friends cars and they look great and will never rust like the 
stock ones.  My friend Jeremiah poked at an area of rust on his stock metal 
pipe with a box cutter and it went right through causing a big hole and of 
course required replacement of the pipe anyway.

The entire procedure is very simple for an experienced mechanic as I must've 
done this particular job maybe 6 times in the past 1 1/2 years.  Once the 
intake is off everything is pretty much out in the open.  Be cautious taking 
off the possibly corroded bolts that hold down the y-pipe.  Spray some P-B 
Blaster around them and wait about a half an hour before taking them off.  
I've only had a bolt in the Y-Pipe break off once on a friends car and not 
on any others.  Better safe than sorry.

Jeff in NC

>From: "sweetp01569" <paul.sweet@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Reply-To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [DML] What's involved to change plugs/wires?
>Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 12:11:38 -0000
>I am still hesitant to dig into engine work, but want to start
>replacing things like a few vacuum hoses that I can't access without
>dismantling some items.  I bought new silicon replacement kit, but
>there are three or four that I need to get to.  Also, I want to
>change plugs, wires, cap/rotor, etc, and have been a little
>intimidated to go in there.
>I have already replaced brake master cylinder, calipers, clutch
>master cylinder, clutch line, etc, so I should feel more confident,
>but don't like suprises.
>The water pump is also original.  It doesn't leak yet, but in your
>opinion, is it worth taking the plunge and just go visit the so
>called "valley of death", and replace everything? What about fuel
>I've seen the water pump replacement procedures on the tech page,
>and believe I can handle it.  Are there any surprises to change
>plugs, wires, and the few vacuum hoses I have left?
>Vin 10944

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