Sunday, January 20, 2013

It was successful

Yesterday was the big day. I am no longer intimidated by the fact that the van has a tiny hood and a big doghouse. I now have an intimate knowledge of what's going on with the front of the engine under that tiny hood.

I put in a new radiator, upper and lower radiator hoses, fan clutch, water pump, bypass hose, thermostat, and idler pulley.

Sadly the only part I think was actually bad and probably the source of my squeaking was the idler pulley and it was the only part I hadn't bought in advance so I had to run out and buy it in the middle of the project. I guess I feel that the fan clutch was worn out too. The radiator didn't seem too bad but I don't think it would have been long before it had problems.

The upper hose, bypass hose, and thermostat required me to take off the alternator, ac compressor, and the huge bracket that both of those attach to.

The whole project with the trip to town and a break for lunch took me 8 or 9 hours.


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