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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-18-2003, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Major repair coming up.../UPDATE(pics)

Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know that Im going to do my first major engine repair job this weekend.

Its not my Vision, but my dads 93 LeBaron with the 3.0L V6.

It needs a new headgasket and Im also changing the timing belt while at it.
I hope to get this work done in 2 days with the help of my grampa.

If anyone has useful advices how I can make this job as easy as possible without any unexpected things please let me know.I have the Haynes manual , but you can never know enough...



Thanks a lot in advance for any help!!!

Benny

btw: If anyone is a little familiar with this engine: Id need to know if this engine is freewheeling or not...I think it is, but just to be sure.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-18-2003, 08:27 PM
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lots of beer

lots and lots of beer

j/k, take pictures of the vaccuum hose routing to help put it all back toghter
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Also do the water pump while your at it. If it burns oil, i'd do the valve guides when you have the heads off.

Oh and there is this one hose that comes off the airbox that you will find goes to nothing, its supposed to just vent down like it does. Don't worry.
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check the head for warping. On my Lebaron GTS the head would warp causing gasket failure.
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My girlfriend has the same car. I've never done head-gaskets on anything, nor do I want to. I actually had to change her intake gaskets and vavle-cover gaskets. It wasn't that hard of a job...unlike the head gaskets. Like bruce said, it will require a sufficient amount of beer. I have the Lebaron Haynes here, so if you have any questions, I'll look it up and tell you the answers (maybe even scan pages if you need me to).

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A good, thorough service manual always helps (avoid the Haynes manuals as they are pretty vague)...

Good luck with the project! (let us know how it goes)
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Thanks for giving me some advices!

I have the Haynes manual, but I think most of it will be learning by doing...

I started the job today.I drained the coolant ,got the intake manifold and all all the stuff around the engine off.Ill pull the heads tomorrow.
Im also going to change the timing belt as the car has 109000 miles and never been changed.

The engine burns no oil at all so I guess the valves are fine.
Ill keep you posted with the results.

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It burns no oil at all yet it needs a new head gasket? Ok.
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Yes,
it is leaking oil at the rear head gasket.It leaks outside,not inside.No further symptoms.

The engine did not have a single repair within the last 50000 miles and I hope there wont be another in the next 50k ;-)

I pulled the heads today and already have one back on.Was a lil messy as I forgot to drain the block, I just drained the radiator...

I hope to finish the job tomorrow and Ill maybe take some pics.

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Im done!!!

The work is done and the car running again just as planned!!

I hope I got all gaskets tight....I really dont want to do this work again on that engine. I d need about half the time if Id do it on the 3.5L.

Anyway, HAPPY XMAS!!!

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Hi again, here are some pics:



This is with the one cylinder head removed




...and were done!!!! That was a time consuming work....

Benny

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