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Old 03-19-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Pictures of my intake and gaskets.

The gaskets are extremely dirty and the intake itself wasnt sealed on i think because of that. Since its off already, what should i do to clean it and check it an all that? I barely have any money so.. Yea. I found a TON of twigs and leaves and crap in the well under my intake manifold and i dont know why! Help!
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Re: Pictures of my intake and gaskets.

Replace all your gaskets when you re-install. I recommend going with Felpro gaskets when you buy them. When cleaning, make sure you don't get any debris down in your engine. You shouldn't really need to clean the inside of your manifold, but make sure that the gasket surfaces are clean and smooth. If you can, block your intake ports, and make sure you blow off all the debris.
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Replace all your gaskets when you re-install. I recommend going with Felpro gaskets when you buy them. When cleaning, make sure you don't get any debris down in your engine. You shouldn't really need to clean the inside of your manifold, but make sure that the gasket surfaces are clean and smooth. If you can, block your intake ports, and make sure you blow off all the debris.
Dude you are the only one that really answers what i need answered so thank you. I really cleaned the surfaces and the gaskets, because i cant spend alot of money right now, but ill look to see whats out there. I made sure nothing fell in! What would happen if something did?
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Dude you are the only one that really answers what i need answered so thank you. I really cleaned the surfaces and the gaskets, because i cant spend alot of money right now, but ill look to see whats out there. I made sure nothing fell in! What would happen if something did?
Your welcome bro. Anything I can do to help. I'll answer whatever I can to the best of my knowledge, and some things I get curious about as well, I'll research and share. I know how it can be a problem with not having a lot of money. Just make sure you get a good valve sealant when you're ready to put your manifold and gaskets back on. If something fell in your engine, it's really going to depend on what it was. If you got some dust in there, it's not good, but it's not horrible. Sand is bad. Leaves and twigs i wouldn't even bother trying to put the manifold back on. I'd just disassemble the top of the engine and thoroughly clean everything. The gap that may have been from a bad gasket between your intake manny and head wouldn't have been large enough to let "debris" in, but it could have gotten some dust. Your oil would more than likely catch it and bind with it and flow it to the oil filter. But if it's sand or anything larger, I'd consider taking the heads off and cleaning it all. There is a chance that the intake valve could be closed and the debris is sitting behind the valve and didn't make it down into the combustion chamber. At that point you could try to vacuum whatever fell down in there out, and then blow it clean with air, but it's risky and you would have to know for certain that the valve was closed all the way. If you got some grease, or grime, it's not as bad as sand.. but it's not going to blow up your engine. Just be really careful and you shouldn't have any problems.
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Alright. I dont think i let anything in there but i want to take the heads off just to clean them out to. I probably got a little dirt in there because i didnt cover them up but i put a vacuum in each hole so that might have gotten it!
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How difficult was pulling the intake manifold off because my gaskets look pretty tired and are a little leaky it would be for my daily driver on a Saturday about how long did it take you?
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Alright. I dont think i let anything in there but i want to take the heads off just to clean them out to. I probably got a little dirt in there because i didnt cover them up but i put a vacuum in each hole so that might have gotten it!
Taking them off is no easy task... Requires a lot of man hours and you really need to know what you're doing. Just a warning.
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How difficult was pulling the intake manifold off because my gaskets look pretty tired and are a little leaky it would be for my daily driver on a Saturday about how long did it take you?
It wasn't Bad because I've done it before on other Fords and my own, But you need to know whats up with your engine and where everything is. I took off my throttle body, Cold Air Intake, Fuel Rail, and Alternator, and i pulled the thing right out. as long as you dont forget any connections or force anything to come off, you'll do fine. I Really want to take the heads off too and clean those because while the intakes off, i have more room, But i can't seem to get a wrench or anything into a few bolts because the metal in the engine compartments in the way. i probably have a few inches between the bolt and metal wall. so ill have to figure that out.. Oh and I got plastic bags and labeled where the bolts came from. That way everything gets back in order.

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Taking them off is no easy task... Requires a lot of man hours and you really need to know what you're doing. Just a warning.
Wouldn't i just unbolt the million bolts they have in it?
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Well yeah.. but putting it all back together is the problem. Taking it apart is pretty messy as well.. Just remember to torque everything back to the proper specs and in the right order.. Don't wanna warp a head...
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Ohh ok. Well is it worth it?
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Ohh ok. Well is it worth it?
I wouldn't.. especially if you know that you didn't drop anything into the engine.
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Re: Pictures of my intake and gaskets.

hey guys,
was wondering, if any of you know...

1. is there a way to remove the wire harness clips (without ruining them). they are the 3 pronged that attach the harnesses to the valve cover studs. i've been working on cleaning my engine, and thinkin' about doing the plugs and possibly upgraded coils(ngk iridium and accel), and would like to get them off without breaking the tabs. NOTE: i tried doing it myself with two small screwdrivers, and it's a daunting task for 1 person with 2 hands (and 3 tabs!) and broke the first one!

2. also, i want to try and lower op temp of cooling system, and is changing to 180 degree thermostat enuff, should i just add some RP ice, or just run straight water(or NO thermostat) for the summer?

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hey guys,
was wondering, if any of you know...

1. is there a way to remove the wire harness clips (without ruining them). they are the 3 pronged that attach the harnesses to the valve cover studs. i've been working on cleaning my engine, and thinkin' about doing the plugs and possibly upgraded coils(ngk iridium and accel), and would like to get them off without breaking the tabs. NOTE: i tried doing it myself with two small screwdrivers, and it's a daunting task for 1 person with 2 hands (and 3 tabs!) and broke the first one!

2. also, i want to try and lower op temp of cooling system, and is changing to 180 degree thermostat enuff, should i just add some RP ice, or just run straight water(or NO thermostat) for the summer?

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Are you talkin about the spark plug wire holders that are on the heads?
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hey guys,
was wondering, if any of you know...

1. is there a way to remove the wire harness clips (without ruining them). they are the 3 pronged that attach the harnesses to the valve cover studs. i've been working on cleaning my engine, and thinkin' about doing the plugs and possibly upgraded coils(ngk iridium and accel), and would like to get them off without breaking the tabs. NOTE: i tried doing it myself with two small screwdrivers, and it's a daunting task for 1 person with 2 hands (and 3 tabs!) and broke the first one!

2. also, i want to try and lower op temp of cooling system, and is changing to 180 degree thermostat enuff, should i just add some RP ice, or just run straight water(or NO thermostat) for the summer?

thanks!
joe
I'm not a hundred percent sure it's the right thing but most likely you'll just need a trim removal tool I use it every day doing body work taking stuff apart I will post up a picture at work tommorrow you can get them from harbor freight or sears for like $10-15 post a picture of the clips you have to take off if you can.
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yes, the harnesses house spark plug and injector wiring
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yes, the harnesses house spark plug and injector wiring
Thats easy! I had a hard time for about 5 min. But figured it out! But just to open the tops, the top section lifts up! You need to pull out the clip from the hook on the side and itll just lift right up! Want me to show you a picture? Im not sure how to take those clips completely off the heads though!
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What about if coolant fell in the hole.
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not sure but yours sound different... i have an 04 gt. i'll take a closer look today, but think a closeup pic of 1 of the clips 'opened' might be helpful

yours sounds more like the clips i had on my old tbird. i'd send you a pic, but my phone and 'puter don't like each other!

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What about if coolant fell in the hole.
It's not a problem as long as it wasn't a huge amount. It'll burn off and smoke a bit when your engine runs, but will clear out soon after.
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hey m_m,
were you able to snap a pic of the wire harness clips... i'm curious to see if they are same/different than the ones on my '04


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hey m_m,
were you able to snap a pic of the wire harness clips... i'm curious to see if they are same/different than the ones on my '04


thx again-
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I will get a picture up in a few minutes alright?
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thx man-
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Sorry to make you wait! Here they are!
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yeah dude, that's what i was thinking! what year is your car!

that's totally different than my 04 gt which is a 2v SOHC engine with COP's.

those are like on my old t'bird, and yes they just flip open.

my harnesses have individual "tri-clips", which lock onto the valve cover studs
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its a 96 mustang with a 98 V8 in it! Its a 4.6 SOHC as well! but you have the COPs and i have the coil packs with 4 terminals each. Ive never seen the tri clip ones!?
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no sweat man... i'll prob just ask the guys at the dealership. i swear these things are made NOT to be removed, or there must be a special tool!

yeah yours is just like my old tbird for sure!
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