After a little bit of advice about the sump and the crankcase section on the botoom of our engines please?
As most of you will know, I had the engine out last year to have the crank reground and new bearing put in etc. Since the car has been back on the road, the sealant i used to reseal the full length crankcase section and also the front oil sump section hasn't been up to par and it leaks oil. I have lived with topping the oil up regularly for all this time but this year now the weather is better, I want to get these two sections back off and reseal them with proper RTV sealant.
These two bits by the way:
Bottom, front oil sump/pan
Crankcase bit above this (full length of engine)
(this photo is taken with engine on a stand and flipped over so from the underside)
I had a look underneath recently and got to thinking about saving myself a load of time and doing this job with the engine still in the car. Will save the labour intensive task of removing all the pipes, cables, ancillaries and phsically removing and replacing the engine.
This is my rough plan and was hoping you guys could give me any pointers or whether there was anything I had missed that will stop me doing this easily please?
1. Remove the oil sump pan.
2. Undo and remove the nuts for the engine mounts which sit inside the cross member/beam.
3. Put thick, strong wood across the flat section where the sump was mounted and jack the engine and gear box etc all up as high as they will go until it contacts the under side of the body in the tunnel (should get a couple of inches probably.
4. Suspend the engine and gear box on either a crane or on a wing mounted beam etc.
5. Unbolt the cross member/beam from suspension and body etc and unbolt the steering rack from the steering column so that I can lower the cross member and steering rack down out of the way.
6. Unbolt and manoeuvre to remove the crankcase section.
7. Remove the old sealant and apply new RTV sealant to the crankcase section edges. Apply new RTV sealant to the edges and refit the crankcase section back to the underside of the engine.
8. Repeat steps 2-5 in reverse basically.
9. Remove old sealant from the oil pan and apply new RTV sealant to the edges and bolt it back up.
10. Have a beer and breathe a sigh of relief that it all went well and I didnt have to take the engine out.
How does that sound? Now I know it wont be as simple and straight forward as I have made it sound but I'm hoping it wont be too bad?
Only potential extra work I thought of is that where the crankshaft seals fit into housings etc, can they all stay on the car when I remove the crankcase sections or are they fixed to it (I cant quite remember.
Any other potential issues let me know or lets discuss them now please
Cheers in advance