Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Blythewood, SC 29016
Drives: 00 SEL Sedan DOHC
Rep Power: 101
Just removed the cam covers, left everything in tact. Hooked battery up, bumped starter, removed battery cables while welding, to rotate engine. Welding was done on 3 spots per camshaft, evenly spaced apart.
TIG welding, if area properly cleaned up from what I'm told, does not produce splatter/slag. MIG, even when area cleaned up, will produce splatter/slag.
My operating temps appear to be a bit high for this car from what I'm told (200-208F) so I will be having to probably yank the radiator out and clean it. Hopefully it's just clogged with debris. Temp gauge indicator shows it dead in the middle (pointing at 25mph) even when the low speed cooling fan kicks on. No idea if high speed works since it never gets that warm.
The way I found out about ball joints was having a friend grab the wheel at 3 and 9 then push and pull the wheel while putting my hand on the inner tie rod, then outer tie rod, then on the ball joint. Also had the friend watching what was happening. Originally I thought I needed tie rods based on the wheel movement. It was actually the ball joint slop. Now it's nice and tight.
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-'87 & '89 Mercury Colony Park wagons 302 EFI/AOD
-'90 Lincoln Town Car 302 EFI/AOD
-'03 Lincoln Town Car 4.6L/4R70W
former '87 Taurus 3.0 GL sedan, '87 Taurus 3.0 GL Wagon, '97 Taurus SHO 3.4 V8 sedan, '00 Taurus SEL 3.0 24V