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Old 06-16-2006, 13:17   #1 (permalink)
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confused leaking timing cover

is it as difficult as it looks to change the timing cover gasket on my
351 windsor. it seems i need to pull the harmonic off and the most
difficult part to me looks like re fitting the cover without it leaking
oil because of the sump, or do i have to drop the sump as well.
can any one give me some advice to help make it easier???
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Old 06-19-2006, 17:12   #2 (permalink)
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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!
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Old 06-20-2006, 12:38   #3 (permalink)
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Re: leaking timing cover

thanks freshmeat, i`ll give it a go now. was gonna get it done. What
does RTV stand for, do you mean gasket goo?
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Gasket goo, yes. Not sure what it stands for, really.
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