Monday, June 22, 2015
Now that I have time to think about the head gasket replacement, I’m glad that I did the repair rather than having a shop do it. I did a lot of while I’m here replacement stuff as follows: All vacuum lines I could find, cleaned upper & lower intake tubes out. Replaced water pump, thermostat, all belts & heater hoses, drivers idler pulley, fuel filter, plugs, wires, cap rotor, rubber intake tube & several other things I can’t remember right now. These items would of not been replaced on a shop HG repair. I also feel much more solid with it now because I now know how everything works & had my hands on it. This thing is ready for another 100K!
There are several things I wanted to better or more of like a complete head job rather a quick & dirty head job… meaning I didn’t check all the valves angels or guides or valve clearance’s… I simply didn’t have time or money. I did lap the exhaust valves though.
I did make some modifications since I was there. The biggest change was I rerouted the wire loom behind the intake so I could completely remove the lower intake to clean it. I did a rap around the brake booster PHH bypass & also remounted the VSV in an easier place rather underneath the upper intake.
So, back to my trailer hitch mod & getting the old race trailer ready for service.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Well, the LX is running as I type. It started right up. Oh what a feeling... I'm pretty pumped!!
It holding temp & oil preasure... it's all good. I just need to get the hood on & that's it. Freaking AWESOME!!!
Man it's good to have this season of life behind me. I didn't enjoy it one bit, but the positive side is I feel real solid with it now. This thing is ready for another 100K.
My phone is having problems with pictures so Iwill post some up later.
Thanks all for the replies of congrats...
Hopefully very soon you will see some real camping & wheelin pictures...
Having fun with the LX & I'm out...
Monday, June 8, 2015
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Now that I have the HG off you can see better where the failure is... actually both rear water ports faild.
I also got the oil cooler off. Not bad for 18 years of service.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I was able to drain & see the rad fluid, it doesn't look bad & doesn't look good either. No milky though.I also removed the throttle body.I only got 8 bolts off the upper intake, WOW THAT WAS FUN! It took 3' of exstention to get them from the underside. I have no clue how I'm going to get those back up in there & torqued?
Sunday, May 17, 2015
I haven't posted this, but I have been chasing some P0401 EGR problems & some other hidden issues that finally surfaced resulting in a diagnosis of a blown head gasket in cylinder #6. This is a textbook failure for these 80 series vehicles around the 175,000 mile mark. I did get it hot climbing a big hill in Hollister & I belive it has slowly been failing since. Last week it over heated on the 7 minute trip home from work & thought it was the fan clutch that went out. I got a new one in & realize the LX was 1 gallon plus down on radiator fluid. At this time I couldn't understand where it all went... I'm not a great diagnostic trouble shooter, so at this point I didn’t realize it was going out the tailpipe yet through the blown head gasket. It was only yesterday when I went to my friends house that he was able to figure it out & explain to me the series of events that lead to this point.
I'm pretty bummed.
I will be replacing the HG myself & will be posting the progress... Stay tuned.