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    Another black ETC getting saved, me likes.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Steering components and the strut towers come out with the cradle. They will try to fall to the ground though (they won't but they will try).

    Brakes are your choice. If you decide to keep the brake lines all connected, then you would have to disconnect EBTCM from the cradle and hang it on the body. Also you would need to remove all the clamps that hold the brake lines to the cradle.

    I thought removing it from the master cylinder and the rear-cradle connection would be easier, since I don't have to watch if the lines are getting caught (and getting kinked) in the middle of lifting/lowering the body.


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    I guess I replied too late Anyway, preparing for the worst is not a bad thing. You don't know what MIGHT happen.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    I think you are right... I'll disconnect the master cylinder and leave everything intact.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Wait, what I did was to leave the master cylinder intact and just removing the lines from it. This way you also need to disconnect the lines on the rear side of the cradle which connects the rear brake lines.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Alright... It's out! Whew, Long day! The only casualty was the negative battery cable. Somehow I forgot to disconnect it. I noticed it when the body was coming off but it was too late.






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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Very nice, it's a clean looking engine. Now the difficult part is done!
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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Well if that's true it wasn't so bad. You can almost disassemble the whole car with a ratchet with an 8 and 10mm socket. LoL. Actually I figured the real challenge was still to come since I plan to put new seals in as well since it leaked oil.

    I did wind up getting my brake lines tangled up a bit so I disconnected the etcbm after all.

    Now that its out I can say that the most aggravating part was still trying to disconnect the fuel lines with those crappy plastic top hats.

    I did come up with a good tip for easily removing the steering column pinch bolt without lowering the cradle.. I will post that with a picture when I get it uploaded.

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    Woohoo congratulations man, we knew you could do it. No turning back now, that car is attached to you at the hip now.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Drilling and tapping process is tedious, but I found it amusing. Now I haven't touched the block halves, so I have no idea on that. I will though with my 99.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    As promised, here is the picture of me removing the steering column pinch bolt... 3/8" ratchet, 6" wobble extension and 11 mm. standard socket... No problem. (Through the left wheel well of course.)


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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Nice man! Good luck, looks like you got the hard part outta the way. Bet it goes back in way easier!

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Wow! That looks like it's easier to access than the one that is on the 5th gen Seville...

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Quote Originally Posted by maeng9981 View Post
    Wow! That looks like it's easier to access than the one that is on the 5th gen Seville...
    Well I was wondering why so many people made such a fuss over it. LOL Guess I'll count my blessings then!

    The picture is very deceiving though. It was much tighter than it looks. My first instinct was to use a flex socket but I couldn't get any leverage on it. Then I tried 3 long extensions but I couldn't get a good angle. Finally the single wobble extension was the answer.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Accessibility is terrible, but once you get it it comes right out. But when you are trying to put it back.... that's where all the vulgar language starts from. Apparently wiggling the steering wheel just a little bit when you try to align it helps, but never tried it.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Quote Originally Posted by maeng9981 View Post
    ...But when you are trying to put it back.... that's where all the vulgar language starts from. Apparently wiggling the steering wheel just a little bit when you try to align it helps, but never tried it.
    Why? It's not like you're crouched down inside the wheel well on your side trying to keep the boot up to gain access with one hand while not dropping the bolt then sticking your other hand between the axle and the tie rod and lining up the hole without being able to see it... No, wait a minute, YOU ARE!

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