sscalmanini at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 8 01:32:51 EDT 2003
I didn't see all your questions answered, so:
1. One clip belongs on the raar (firewall) side, just an inch or so
from the side facing the engine.
2. It should be a dealer item, BUT IT IS NOT; BTDT more than once.
Get one from a recycler (with some luck). Better yet, get a few
and send me one. If you can't find one, let me know and I'll call
a few of my sources.
3. Did the screw turn at all before it seized? It's not supposed
to come "out". It's supposed to unscrew from the lower half of
the housing, which takes a few full turns, but it is not supposed
to come free of the upper housing. The screw is necked down under
the head so there are no threads adjacent to the head; it's only
threaded toward the other end. This enables it to unscrew from the
lower housing but stay loose through the hole of the upper housing
where the neck of the screw goes through that hole. (That hole is
also threaded, but only to get the screw in place once (ideally) in
the life of the housing.) If you tried to get it free of the upper
housing it might have cross threaded when the threads were trying
to engage the underside of the upper housing. (Clear enougb?)
After you assumedly got the upper housing off, did you find the
end of the screw stuck in the lower half? Is any of its neck
sticking up so after you put some penetrating oil or Break Free
or some such potion on it and wait (overnight?), you can grap
it with vice grips and try to unscrew it? If not, you'll have
to drill it out (just the screw shaft) and break out the remaining
screw threads, or drill out all the threads and glue a bolt in.
Oh, and the screw should be a dealer item also, but it's not. You'll
have to make one or have one made. If you don't have a source near
where you live for a few screws to make one from, let me know. A
good hardware store near me has lots of metric screws, available
individually, but in stainless only, not brass. You'll have to neck
it down or have a machine shop do it for you, or maybe grind it, file
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