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Old 07-09-2012, 04:28 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by threetwentyfizzle View Post
How long did it take you to do the job? Removing the fan shroud didn't give you enough room?
I spent the whole day on it, but I'm pretty slow. I take my time the first time I tackle something like this. No, I took out the fan first (electric on mine). Not quite enough room for 6" needle-nose.

It's that little plastic thing that you pull out to expose the left-hand threaded bolt. By the way, the Beisan instructions tell you there's a risk of breaking off those little bolts. I didn't, but I had spares anyway. Cheap insurance. Note that Beisan doesn't supply the VANOS gasket or the seal rings for the banjo bolt. You need to have them on hand.
Engineers do it with a torque wrench
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