[V8] Report from the Front: no surprises

Dave Saad dsaad at icehouse.net
Wed May 7 08:19:08 PDT 2008

When you do the t-belt, are you going to replace the idlers?
I would give that one some thought.  If the OEM bearings are still  
smooth (and I bet they are) I might just leave them AND the water  
pump alone.  I discovered that the OEM idler bearings have one more  
ball than the after market, and I think they are better.  I have had  
two after market water pumps fail and one idler.  At 60K miles, yours  
should still be fine unless somehow the grease is dried out.

Given that alternator bearings spin faster, and last well over 100K  
miles, it seems reasonable to expect these to as well.

Food for thought.


On May 7, 2008, at 9:05 AM, Roger Woodbury wrote:

> Well I just got back from the wrench with the new V8.  NO real  
> surprises.
> We made a list of the things that will need to be corrected, and  
> will begin
> the process next week.  The issues are those mostly expected in a  
> V8 with
> 62,000 miles.
> We pulled the left side cam cover and found that the belt has NOT been
> changed.  Everything inside is original, although the belt is in fine
> condition and will last another ten thousand miles or more most  
> likely.  We
> will do the timing belt service first, next week.
> The left side valve cover gasket is leaking and the right side far  
> less so.
> Corrected next week.
> The oil pressure sender is funky...or else there is something else  
> funky in
> the oil pressure line.  The gauge goes all the way to the right and  
> stays
> there when the key is turned, regardless of whether the engine is  
> running or
> not. I noticed this for the first time when I started up this morning,
> having not driven the car more than a mile or two since I got back  
> here with
> it on Saturday.
> The right front outer universal cover is torn, and we will replace  
> it, the
> front brakes, sway bar bushings, tie rods and tires in the fall.   
> Along with
> an alignment, the car will be ready then for winter.
> It is clear that there will be a need for some brake lines at some  
> point as
> corrosion is present on most of them, normal for a car that has  
> seen some
> winter driving in its life.  Not severe enough to worry about at  
> this point,
> but I'll bet that at around 30,000 miles of use this process will  
> begin,
> assuming that I drive the car through the winter exclusively.
> So, all in all, not bad.  The car looks great, and for the price  
> plus these
> relatively small items, the car will be set for another 60K with only
> routine maintenance.
> My wife thinks the car looks good on me.  That helps.
> Roger
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