So if you were following my water pump thread you would know why I'm starting this thread.
Leaking Water Pump... It's MOPAR!
Long story short, after noticing coolant coming out of the front of the engine I found a leaking water pump. Upon further inspection, I also found the rear timing cover to block seals were also leaking. While working on putting the new pump in I messed up the timing belt tensioner bolt hole in the block(oil pump). I put the engine back together and it's running fine but I'm not comfortable with the way it is so here are my plans.
Within two months(hopefully) I will park the Intrepid and have the Special ready for DD duty. I will for sure do the following to the engine:
- new timing belt and tensioner
- replace timing belt cover to block water passage seals
- replace cam oil seals
- new lower timing belt cover(mine has rusted and broke into two pieces)
- heli-coil(fix) the tensioner puller bolt hole
- inspect the top end of the motor, install new valve cover and spark plug tube gaskets
So the optional work I'm looking at doing:
- replace the oil pump hosing with a new(used) unit with no casting damages
- new crank seal(if I do the oil pump)
- rebuild the new(old) oil pump with new rotor and other internals
- new oil pressure release spring
- install the updated exhaust rocker parts
- install a new harmonic balancer pulley
Now the big concern that I have is the oil pump replacement. The FSM tells me that I have to pull the pan to get the pump out. But, I heard that the oil pan is a royal PIA. So the question is, is it easy enough to take the pump out by just loosening the pan and not completely dropping it? I believe that installing a refreshed oil pump is a good idea considering the millage on the motor(240k km).
So does anybody have an opinion on what I should be doing here? Am I heading down the right track? I'm hoping to have this car last me until 400k miles. If it does, I would be very happy with that.