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Old 09-20-2010, 08:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Hooray! View Post
do one "major" thing at a time if you need to drive your card daily.
I do need it daily (although I'm currently unemployed ... but nothing lasts forever).

So this is the recommendation when doing VANOS:
a) Do cooling system overhaul first
b) Along with the cooling system, probably do a drive-belt system overhaul plus the PS reservoir hose & OFH gasket leak
c) Then, do VANOS & spark plugs as it's own job

knowing how to spin off the fan / shroud from your VANOS experience will make the cooling system update that much easier.
When I replaced my alternator (and drive belt system), I learned how to remove and reinstall (thanks to the cn90 rawhide trick) the fan clutch nut. I'm no longer afraid of that task!

The CCV is next for me even though mine look mayo free at the valve cover connection, likely because I have a FL (hot) car.
I'm also in a moderate climate. Is the CCV generally tackled all by itself or do you recommend coupling the CCV with one of the other major jobs?
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