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Old 03-11-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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F'ing gdammit!!!

Almost a great weekend for this newbee. I need to get the head off my YJ and get it to the shop to get it running. Anyway, I spent a fair amount of my weekend tearing down the top of the engine. Got the intake off and the exhaust pushed back. Took down the top of the valve-train and took off the head bolts/studs. Dontcha know, I'm right at the end and the only thing left to disconnect is the bracket for the coil.

So you can't get a socket in there straight. The coil is blocking the path. Of course, my torx are sockets. I put a ujoint on it to try and get it in there. It wouldn't go and I think I stripped the torx head.

F'ing torx heads! I wanna scream. Now I have to cut that bracket, and I don't have a cut-off wheel handy... HD here I come. The heads moving except for that ... slid it sideways a bit already. 99% there and that's the end of my weekend.

Sorry for bitching... I should probably get used to it, right?

Lessons learned:

1) The best tool in the box, without question, is the aero-kroil penetrating lubricant. With all the fasteners I turned over the weekend, there was very little fighting.

2) To-do: Replace every torx/star bolt (possible) with a hex head.

3) I'm not so afraid of this project anymore. I'm 53 years old... and for the first time I took the top of an engine apart. I can't begin to tell you how good it feels. (Probably feel even better after I put it back together)

Questions:

The intake gasket was in good shape btw. Now that the intake is off I want to clean it. What's the cleaning agent I should use and how aggressive should I be?

The Jeep manual says clean the cylinder walls and piston-top of carbon-deposits etc. What's the proper solvent for this?. Just use clean cloth right?

Since I had the head sliding there must be no mounting studs under there. When I put the head back on I could probably put a few temporary studs in just as a guide, right? Any suggestions you guys have are gold of course... I take lessons.

Time for a beer. Enjoy!!!

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Old 03-11-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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It does feel better once it's back together and running lol. We've all had that "F****ng torx!!!" moment. Very many times.
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