Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Geismar, LA, USA
Re: leaking timing cover
You need to remove your fan and shroud, then you have three or four accessory brackets that need to come off. From there, remove your water pump and harmonic balancer. When removing the timing cover, remember that there are four bolts on the underside, through the oil pan that go into the cover. When you get the cover off, clean up everything (perfect opportunity for a new timing chain assembly) really well. RTV the timing cover and block face, put the gasket on the cover, let it sit for ~15 minutes. Put it all back together, carefully. Do the same for the water pump gasket. Once you tighten it all down, be sure to give it a couple hours before you run the motor, to ensure that the RTV has cured.
It's really simple when you break it down. I swapped my water pump in an hour and a half, including going to the parts store for the new one. The timing cover is only ten or twelve bolts further than the water pump. Good luck!