Thanks for the tips, I appreciate it. With your help I got the plenum out in no time. Just that the fitting was tight and was fighting. My knuckles got hit.. Not too bad. Yes they were only 2 clips. I was feeling another that was not attached to the plenum.
But what in hell is the goo that I got all over my garage floor coming out of it? Looks like dirty reddish oil. There was quite a bit of it. Is this normal?
Now I am attempting to remove the valve cover of the passenger side. That is the one I have an oily plug
I am having 4 sets of questions:
1. The manual says detach the AC compressor and move it to the right. I spotted 2 bolts as indicated in the picture. Are these to be completely removed? Then there is the belt retaining the AC compressor. No mention of that. Should I loosen the nut as indicated on the pict and remove the belt? I just want to make sure. This is my 1st job on a 300M.
2. The valve cover is in a tight spot and will have to be removed around the harness. The only way I see is to disconnect the injectors wire and move it out as indicated on the pict. Am I on the right track?
3. I will have to order the gaskets. It seems that I will need a plenum gasket, a valve cover gasket kit with plug sealers and may be the 8 valve cover grommets, right?
4 Given the crap coming out the plenum should I remove and clean the throttle body or can I just clean the plenum without removing the throttle body? That would be yet another gasket to order?