1.) Determine source of oil leak and fix
2.) Replace Heat exchanger
3.) Replace trans and engine oil and coolant.
4.) Inspect for common issues. So, I think I should start with some of my qualifications:
1.) losing ratchets and wrenches 5 seconds after finding the right one
2.) Getting dirty
4.) bolt plinko Next I should follow up my tools:
1.) Ratchet set (almost complete)
2.) various allen wrenches; some IKEA branded
3.) Screw drivers of various origins
4.) Hammer And finally, my qualifications:
1.) I have no qualifications.
So, first I removed the wheel wells. This was easy. 4 screws - each side. No problem.
Next, I removed the challenge grill. This was also easy. 7 nuts, there's supposed to be more, but whatever, your results may vary. Unplug the lights and it's off.
Next, I removed the bumper. I thought this was kind of a pain in the ass. For me, it was 8 big nuts and 4 little ones and a few plugs. Thankfully, I had some extenders for the ratchet or that would have been REALLY hard.
Then I took off the Air box. This required me to remove the small metal cover next to it, too. The air box was held on by 6 or 8 nuts and some grommets. It came out pretty easy, too. You have to free up the oil thing on the top by undoing the 4 nuts for it and move it out of the way.
Then I removed the trunk lid. This was 4 nuts for the trim piece and 4 big bolts. You also have to remove the 4 bolts that hold the supports in place.
Then I removed the side covers. I used a little flat head to pop open the clips on the supports and removed them, then used IKEA allen #2 to remove the side covers. There's like 8 or so on each side.
I was getting tired/bored so I removed the under tray, too. This is held on with about 600 bolts.
Then I called it a day.
So, here's what I've learned so far:
1.) This car is REALLY easy to work on.
2.) I think the oil drip is coming from where that gold pipe on the bottom of the motor plugs in.
3.) The parts are REALLY light once removed from the car.
4.) My transmission mount is toast and will have to be replaced, too.
5.) This car is DIRTY.
I'll work on it some more either tomorrow or next weekend. I'll also be adding cleaning and mounts to the list now, too.