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i finished it this morning ( i think ). i had to take off from work. anyway, the kit comes with a paper gasket for the pan side of the flange, a new flange nut, and flange sealant. started off bad just taking the starter off. theres two types, a 3 bolt and a 2 bolt. mine was replaced a few years ago and its a 3 bolt. the top bolt is hidden, and it literally took me about 20 min to try and find a combination of extensions that would work to reach it and still allow me to turn the bolt. i have 4 or 5 socket sets laying around, and i could NOT find a combo to work. finally wound up using a long, a short, and a ratcheting 3/8 breaker bar i had bought from harbor freight a few weeks ago.
the old flange nut was very tight and hard to get off. once i did get it off, swapping the o rings was pretty easy, but when it came time to thread on the new nut, this thing would not, not, NOT - thread on the inner part of the flange. everytime i would get half a turn on it, it would get very tight, and had to use channel locks to turn it. one full turn, it would come off again. mind you im laying on my back with drop lights and its not the most comfortable postion. finally got to the point where the threads on the new nut were starting break. so after i got out from under the truck i threw a few things and cursed plenty of times and just went to bed wondering wtf to do now.
wound up taking the old nut and cleaned the treads and pan side with a wire brush. got it started on, and was just as hard to turn on as it was to get off. luckily this one went back on. so no new nut, no paper gasket, no flange sealant ( which is how it is stock )... so everything is back together and im just waitin for someone to bring me new oil to start the truck..
so fingers are crossed.. hopefully it doesnt leak - if it does, then its staying that way i guess.. i did NOT cross thread the old nut.. i dont know what was up, but it refused to go on, and i cleaned all the treads before and during..
my advice to anyone thats gonna do this.. invest in a wide mouth adjustable wrench that will fit the flange nut. the channel locks worked, but its definately a PITA trying to work them with one hand and hold the inside part too. secondly - change the oil afterwards regardless. after all the fussing around and spraying and wiping cleaner everywhere i have no confidence that something didnt get in there. the brush the give you in the kit is insanely tight going in and out, so just to eliminate part of the wire brush from falling off inside.. but definately get an adjustable wrench.. you need large channel locks if nothing else, and they suck to use with the one hand.
Last edited by kctyphoon; 03-07-2012 at 02:09 PM.