Originally Posted by fasted1953
Great writeup. Couple questions. Looks like the throttle cable has to come off. Any tricks to watch for there? Also, is there a tightening pattern for the intake manifold?
Couple of things I wish I knew before I did this DIY
1) The starter is very difficult to take out (the bolts that hold it to the flywheel and engine bay are very hard to get to) but you can remove the solenoid (i.e. the part with the contacts and plunger) w/o removing the entire starter. This helps b/c you do not have to resit the starter on the flywheel. This saves money and time. Remanned starters don't really provide any advantage over just replacing the contacts and plunger
3) Be careful of the knock sensors. The plastic gets brittle over time
2) This is a tiring one-man job. Have a friend to help you when removing the intake manifold
3) You need an extension to get the bolts which hold the manifold down. Use a tighten pattern similar to a wheel. Hand thread and then torque down to spec in a star-like pattern. The bolts towards the firewall are hard to get good torque on; do not strip them
4) The throttle cable comes off but it is a easy removal.
5) You cannot take off the throttle body off the manifold until you have taken the intake manifold bolts off. Good time to clean the throttle body
6) You will spill coolant