I hear you, takes me day just to rotate my wheels..
Well done !
Well done !
It was a little extra work to remove the oil pan, but it was so satisfying when I pulled the trigger on the impact driver..those t/c bolts drive me nuts, especially that damned shouldered one
Max, I'm hoping I can find a local shop to hot tank then for me. I was familiar with the link you provided but did not think it applied to me since (a) my engine does not smoke and (b) it has had the oil and filter changed every 5,000 miles since it left the dealership. Now I'm not so sure. The intake manifold had oil inside which I'm assuming got in through the PCV valve. At a minimum I will replace the PCV and clean the valve covers.Valve covers...clean them out well!
I was willing to pay for your plane ticket herefeel free to stop by and help me with the Bazuki.
The spark plugs are fine, as I see no evidence of fouling
Read up on oil pump chain check / tensioning
the first Cat and exhaust manifold are one
Anti-seize the new spark plug threads!
I solved that by switching to magnetic spark plug sockets - I believe from AutoZone. - they are also thin walled, which is a critical factor for my Mitsubishi.View attachment 106035
... but if I had not pulled them I would not have this custom spark plug wrench guaranteed not to get stuck inside the spark plug tube.