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Old 04-19-2005, 19:01   #1 (permalink)
Doug Neidermeyer
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oil pan gasket, radiator, etc

I just brought my 89 Mustang LX 5.0 in so I could get an idea on what work
needs to be done. She has 140k on her so I new there would be some work I'd
have to do but I got a great deal on her and she drives great. This is what
the Mechanic informed me needs to be replaced:

Valve Cover Gaskets
Radiator Hoses
Muffler
Oil Pan Gasket
Water Pump
Radiator


Now most of this I should be able to do myself from reading through the
manual. However the oil pan gasket seems to be pretty tricky, and I will
have to do a lot of work to get to it. Though I've never done this before,
I am pretty mechanically inclined and can follow the chiltons book easily.
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what else I should check
or replace while I am going through all of ths trouble. I don't mind
spending a couple bucks extra now to avoid having to go through the work
again down the line. Also, any recommendations on purchasing any of these
parts would be appreciated. As of now, I was just planning on heading to
Autozone for stock replacements.

Thanks


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Old 04-19-2005, 19:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: oil pan gasket, radiator, etc

Doug Neidermeyer wrote:
> I just brought my 89 Mustang LX 5.0 in so I could get an idea on what work
> needs to be done. She has 140k on her so I new there would be some work I'd
> have to do but I got a great deal on her and she drives great. This is what
> the Mechanic informed me needs to be replaced:
>
> Valve Cover Gaskets
> Radiator Hoses
> Muffler
> Oil Pan Gasket
> Water Pump
> Radiator
>
>
> Now most of this I should be able to do myself from reading through the
> manual. However the oil pan gasket seems to be pretty tricky, and I will
> have to do a lot of work to get to it. Though I've never done this before,
> I am pretty mechanically inclined and can follow the chiltons book easily.
> I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what else I should check
> or replace while I am going through all of ths trouble. I don't mind
> spending a couple bucks extra now to avoid having to go through the work
> again down the line. Also, any recommendations on purchasing any of these
> parts would be appreciated. As of now, I was just planning on heading to
> Autozone for stock replacements.
>
> Thanks
>
>

How bad is that oil pan leaking? After a few
miles, they all seem to leak a little. But if it's
leaving a puddle in the driveway, you'll have to fix it.
It's not technically difficult. But it is a real
pain in the behind. Expect a couple of days work
before you're done.
Consider changing the oil pump while you're in there.

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1997 HD FXDWG - Turbocharged!
2001 Dodge Dakota QC 5.9/4x4/3.92
1966 Mustang Coupe - Daily Driver
1966 FFR Cobra - Ongoing project

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Old 04-21-2005, 10:01   #3 (permalink)
Doug Neidermeyer
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Re: oil pan gasket, radiator, etc

Well, there isn't exactly a puddle underneath my car, but it is noticeably
leaking. Every 3 weeks or so I have to put in a quart of oil.
I'll look into changing the oil pump too, thanks for the tip.


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> Doug Neidermeyer wrote:
>> I just brought my 89 Mustang LX 5.0 in so I could get an idea on what
>> work needs to be done. She has 140k on her so I new there would be some
>> work I'd have to do but I got a great deal on her and she drives great.
>> This is what the Mechanic informed me needs to be replaced:
>>
>> Valve Cover Gaskets
>> Radiator Hoses
>> Muffler
>> Oil Pan Gasket
>> Water Pump
>> Radiator
>>
>>
>> Now most of this I should be able to do myself from reading through the
>> manual. However the oil pan gasket seems to be pretty tricky, and I will
>> have to do a lot of work to get to it. Though I've never done this
>> before, I am pretty mechanically inclined and can follow the chiltons
>> book easily. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what else
>> I should check or replace while I am going through all of ths trouble. I
>> don't mind spending a couple bucks extra now to avoid having to go
>> through the work again down the line. Also, any recommendations on
>> purchasing any of these parts would be appreciated. As of now, I was
>> just planning on heading to Autozone for stock replacements.
>>
>> Thanks

> How bad is that oil pan leaking? After a few miles, they all seem to
> leak a little. But if it's leaving a puddle in the driveway, you'll have
> to fix it.
> It's not technically difficult. But it is a real pain in the behind.
> Expect a couple of days work before you're done.
> Consider changing the oil pump while you're in there.
>
> --
> .boB
> 1997 HD FXDWG - Turbocharged!
> 2001 Dodge Dakota QC 5.9/4x4/3.92
> 1966 Mustang Coupe - Daily Driver
> 1966 FFR Cobra - Ongoing project
>
>



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Old 04-23-2005, 10:02   #4 (permalink)
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Are you sure it not the rear main (crankshaft) seal? Even the more
'modern' one-piece seals they started using in the 80's leak after
awhile - personal experience.

A rear main leak can look like a oil pan gasket leak at the rear of the
engine. Depending on how bad your valve cover gaskets are leaking, it
might be hard to tell exactly where the leaks are.

Replace the valve cover gaskets with new premuim gaskets, steam clean
the engine (or have it done), top side and bottom side, drive for awhile
and then re-examine for leaks on the bottom end (assuming you fixed the
valve cover leaks). I've had older engines whose valve covers leaked
enough to run down the sides of the block and make it look like a pan
gasket or rear main seal. When everything is wet with oil its hard to
diagnose where the rear source of the leaks are...

HTH,

Chris


Doug Neidermeyer wrote:

> I just brought my 89 Mustang LX 5.0 in so I could get an idea on what work
> needs to be done. She has 140k on her so I new there would be some work I'd
> have to do but I got a great deal on her and she drives great. This is what
> the Mechanic informed me needs to be replaced:
>
> Valve Cover Gaskets
> Radiator Hoses
> Muffler
> Oil Pan Gasket
> Water Pump
> Radiator
>
>
> Now most of this I should be able to do myself from reading through the
> manual. However the oil pan gasket seems to be pretty tricky, and I will
> have to do a lot of work to get to it. Though I've never done this before,
> I am pretty mechanically inclined and can follow the chiltons book easily.
> I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what else I should check
> or replace while I am going through all of ths trouble. I don't mind
> spending a couple bucks extra now to avoid having to go through the work
> again down the line. Also, any recommendations on purchasing any of these
> parts would be appreciated. As of now, I was just planning on heading to
> Autozone for stock replacements.
>
> Thanks
>
>

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