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I did this few weeks ago-

Since my rebuild, I had a small oil leak. Yes, it was/is from the infamous LT1 location. This engine has 8,000 miles since its rebuild.

Started with draining the Dexcool and yes, I made a heck of a mess

After I remove the basic; air ducts, disconnect all plugs it was time to remove the Camber Brace. If you have one, you know how delightful it can be.




SON OF A BITCH



The lovely water pump bolt behind the PS pump pulley.



H2O Pump out



This is the H2O pump oil seal. I installed it wrong to begin with. I did it wrong on my 95 3 years ago and I did it wrong
in my 96. I did not use the special tool, if you dont use it, the seals bends backwards and it doesn't seal...duh!



You will wonder why I dont get the balancer out of the way. The LT4 balancer is thicker that all others LT engines
and to remove it completely, you have to loose the rack & pinion. I was not going to do that today.



LT engines 92-96 Cancer



Obviously the Opti oil seal was leaking oil.





The J39087 Special Tool. "Shaft Front Cover Seal Protector"





New H2O Seal



Don't forget to install the new O-Rings for the H2O pump's shaft and the Opti's shaft.



Oil Seals Installed, no RTV. Yes, it was a PITA to do it with the engine inside.



I've done this few times, I got the opti in at the first intent. YEAH Baby--



The balancer is back up, tighten 3 bolts to 63 lbs ft.



the H2O pump was installed and torqued to specs.



The Camber Brace would not fit, I had to raise the Vette at the crossmember for it to "stretch" and for the shim to fit.



Water hoses and connections up.



Fill up with Dexcool, bleed system and test drive.

 

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Excellent write up PLRX. I always enjoy your threads because they very informative. Thank you for sharing your knowlage with us all.

Mike
 

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Pete- I bought the same tool kit- trying to learn from the Pro :lol: Haven't tore into it that far yet, but have all the parts in my garage. Changed 02 sensors and Map yesterday, no luck. Next is the Injectors (probably later today). If that ain't it, it's 'rip out the water pump and dive in'!!


<----------------oh, and like my new girlfriend? It's the same only different :smack
 

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Pete- I bought the same tool kit- trying to learn from the Pro :lol: Haven't tore into it that far yet, but have all the parts in my garage. Changed 02 sensors and Map yesterday, no luck. Next is the Injectors (probably later today). If that ain't it, it's 'rip out the water pump and dive in'!!


<----------------oh, and like my new girlfriend? It's the same only different :smack

I added you. Who is she?
 

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Great write up. Never seen that tool before. I used a cut off piece of Sharpie pen. Same Diameter. Ghetto,, yes, but it seems to be working.
 

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Great write up. Never seen that tool before. I used a cut off piece of Sharpie pen. Same Diameter. Ghetto,, yes, but it seems to be working.
You know the old saying, if it works, don't guck with it :thumbsup:
 
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