: Timesert 96 n*

03-04-07, 10:16 PM
Hello, I'm doing a timesert on my 1996 n*. This is my first time doing one and everything is going good but I have ran into a problem with the top corner holes with the aligning pins, how do I get them out so I can timesert the holes?

03-04-07, 10:21 PM
Thread a sheet metal screw into it so that it does not collapse, then grab it with vice grips and twist, pull, curse and hammer on it til it gives up.

03-04-07, 10:25 PM
Thank Ranger! Now can I buy new pins from the dealership or is there somewhere that i can order new one or do I even need them?

03-04-07, 10:28 PM
I am sure you can get them at a dealer, but aren't they just roll pins? You could get those anywhere if they are. I would definately replace them. Don't want to do that job twice, do you?

03-04-07, 11:00 PM
oh no, dont want to do again, not even for money! My car has been setting for about a year and half. I would crank it up but couldnt drive it around the block without it going into limp mode.

03-07-07, 11:54 PM
I used a large fender washer with inside diameter just slightly larger than the dowel pin laid down on the dowel to prevent the vice grips from damaging the aluminum block when removing these dowels. Some heat from a torch will help loosen the old dowel also.

I couldn't find any comparable dowel pin when reassembling after timeserting. Tried all the auto parts stores for miles around. Had to go to the dealer. Wasn't too expensive...just an aggravation.