It's a 1990 Oldsmobile Silhouette APV with the 3.1 engine..... 112,000 miles
I'd like to replace the distributor housing 'O' ring as it seems to be leaking
oil. The distributor shaft turns from side to side, but I can't get it to pull
up out of the engine and am reluctant to place a lot of upward pressure
on it. Are there any hints or tips on freeing it up.
(yes, I have removed the bolt and hold down clamp.).
Also, has anyone replaced the half shaft??? How difficult a job is it ???
Any special tools necessary..... a saturday morning job or should I plan
a few coffee breaks into it ???
thanks in advance for your help !!!!
Hi Neil, how ya doing....it's been awhile.... I think I last spoke with
you several years ago about removing the spark plug boots from the rear
side of a 3.1
I did pick up the "O" ring, tan colored ...dealer item cost about $3.50.
Neil, what kind of labor time am I looking at for R/R the half shaft... having
never done one before .....
Flat rate is probably about an hour.
Pretty straight forward, remove the axle nut, remove the lower
ball joint pinch bolt, you can remove the brake caliper and rotor
if you need the room, turn the steering so that the tie rod end
on that side is all the way outboard, pry the lower control arm
down till the ball joint stud pops free, (you may want to
disconnect the sway bar so you're not fighting it) give the
outboard end of the axle a couple of taps with a soft faced
hammer, then swing the strut/knuckle outwards until the half
shaft pops free from the wheel bearing, pop the half shaft out of
When you go to slide the new half shaft in; the inner spline of
the half shaft has a wire cir-clip, you want the split in the
cir-clip at the top (12 o'clock) with the split pushed down in
the groove, if the split is above the top of the spline, you'll
fight it going in.
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