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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:35 pm 
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I have to replace the rear crankcase cover gasket, as it has blown out and created a huge coolant leak.
Not looking to do extra work or to make things more complicated.

Which is the easier to do option; Pull engine & transmission; pull transmission or just pull the engine?

How does anyone get the nose of the car high enough to remove anything from the bottom?
I already have bars to support the engine, from a subframe change but am not averse to getting a hoist and engine stand.
Just looking to save myself grief.

Kind of shocked that at 90K my engine needs such a repair.


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 1:50 pm 
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Pull the engine using a cherry picker! Not that bad of a job!


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 3:19 pm 
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Thanks, Michtom.
So, just the engine alone?
Any decent brands--or brands to avoid?


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 5:10 pm 
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Yes, engine alone! Much easier if you don’t have a hoist. Otherwise you would remove the transmission to access! No suggestions for gaskets other than quality, as you don’t want to do the job again.


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 8:03 pm 
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Thanks again!
I should have been clear, I was wondering which brands make good quality cherry pickers.


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 8:42 pm 
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I have never heard of replacing the rear crankcase cover gasket.
Is that an unusual problem?
90K is nothing on these engines.
I just passed 150K on the 2001 and have 259K on the 2000.
Sorry to hear about this problem.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:07 pm 
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Been told it isn't uncommon.
Perhaps it tended to occur on some years and not others.
This one is a 2002 SSEI.

Anyone who has knowledge of which brands are/aren't good on the hydraulic engine cranes/cherry pickers or whatever name you prefer, I'd appreciate if you let me know.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:03 am 
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I had a project car with that rear crankcase cover gasket leak, the coolant just poured out. With a lift, its easier to drop the trans out the bottom and fix it in the car, but if you only have a cherry picker, the engine out the top is the best way. I wouldn't worry about the brand, the 500lb engine is well within the specs for even the cheapest lifts.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:14 pm 
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I had hoped you'd reply, as you have the most experience in Bonneville repairs.
Thank you.
As for lifts, what brand do you recommend for home lifts?
I don't have a cherry picker or lift, yet.
Thanks again.


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Harbor Freight or Northern Tool for the cherry picker would be fine.

The lift I have in my shop is an Eagle Lift, about 20 years old. The lift was here when I bought the building. I have no idea what I'd recommend for a home use situation.

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