(Newbie to board - please tolerate my ignorance)
I'm doing the same thing to my '96 5.7L (K1500) right now as BTK did on the
posts below. I've read all those posts and learned great deal from them.
I have a few more questions on the whole process. I have the manifolds
off, cleaned and ready to put back on right now.
1) I followed the manual in removing the Upper Intake and removed the fuel
lines from the CSFI - they were pretty stubborn and didn't want to come out,
but I got 'em out anyway. I can see the O rings down in the holes the lines
came out of. Do you know what problems I can expect getting the lines back
in? Should I disconnect the lines at the motor and reconnect on the bench
before reinstalling the Upper manifold?
2) RTV sealing the Lower Intake to the head - I have been advised by a
friend to put a thin coat aviation grade gasket sealer on the gaskets and
head/manifold surfaces before assembling them. Is this a good idea and if
so, would it cause any problems to put the RTV over the gasket sealant, or
should I leave the areas where the RTV bead will go in the front & back
(BTW, is RTV the only thing that you can use to seal this gap up? Seems
like a less than ideal way to do this.)
3) AC bracket - No matter what the manual says, that thing will not slide
forward and was a real pain in the ass to work around in the removal. Any
advice on how to slide it forward is appreciated.
4) Dexcool - What is so damn magic about this stuff? If I dont use it, what
Any other advise would be appreciated - I'm a newbie to major mechanical
work - if you can't tell. Too cold to work out in the garage right now, so
I'll wait a few for responses.