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Leaking... again...

Discussion in 'Chevy Tahoe Forum (GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade)' started by Conlan Rose, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    Its been three hours and still to no avail the pan bolts are off and transmission inspection plate is also unbolted but they can't go anywhere. Tried to do it with the 4x4 on and still can't apply enough torque to remove the bolts. When applying force the whole truck moves not the bolts.... I don't know what to do the truck can't move has no oil in it and its not worth the effort to bolt everything back up if it will still just leak everywhere.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012
  2. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    Ok, so not the most successful day in my life but pretty good, only need two trips to Autozone(one to go buy two tools and second to return the wrong one of the two I tried). But sadly I have failed my job so far, the pan bolts are off, the starter is removed, the transmission support struts are removed, the torque converted panel bolts are off, the front U-joint on the front drive shaft is off, but the T case side of the front drive shaft is still firmly on there and won't budge.

    With out the front shaft off I can't remove the torque converter panel nor the oil pan, yes I tried just moving them around to see if one will slide past the other, notta. I'm really stuck right now and don't know what to do. I feel like I just don't have the right tools or I'm doing something wrong. I've tried everything I can do to get the U-joint bolts off but they just don't wanna move and with the 4x4 engaged and tranny in neutral instead of helping me get them off I just end up moving around my 5,400lb truck.

    Tomorrow I will first try some WD40 to help loosen those bolts, if that doesn't work I will need to find a friend with an impact wrench, and if none of those things work I'll just install new pan gasket add the oil and bring truck to school where I can get it on the lift and have more tools at the ready.

    Here's some pics of where I am.
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    This is the factory started was covered in gunk and oil but I cleaned it up looks good for 17 years on the road.


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    I don't think this skid plate has ever been removed. It has a 1/2" of crud on it and I had to get special star driver for it.

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    I'm kinda angry that i have to remove the filter to block adapter because I had just replaced those gaskets two or three months ago. Good thing the oil pan gasket came with new ones.

    I'm sorry I'm just to lazy right now to caption all the pics they are self explanatory.

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    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012
  3. Pikey

    Pikey Active Member Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Can you drop the exhaust from the driverside manifold? would that give you enough room to swing the driveshaft down so you can get to the bolts?
  4. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    Nope because my exhaust is one piece only place I can unbolt is at the manifold no where else.
  5. Pikey

    Pikey Active Member Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Have you tried heating the bolts? Not red hot, just a little.
  6. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    Don't have a torch but I'll see what I can rig up to heat them. I do have some electric heating fans that work quite well. I'll use that and WD-40. I will start working again around 9:30ish so any idea until the please share. BUt still thanks for all the help [MENTION=51590]Pikey[/MENTION] without your insight and what [MENTION=12002]moogvo[/MENTION] has told me I'd be screwed.
  7. Pikey

    Pikey Active Member Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I don't know that electric fans will do it. You just want heat where the bolt threads into the yoke. Not the entire yoke. You don't want to start melting seals. You might be surprised how easily they come out with some heat.
  8. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    I'm trying to contact some of my friends that also work on cars to see if they have a torch and a ratcheting breaker bar. Yesterday when working I got so scared that I sheared off one of the bolts because the extension I was using twisted funny then popped off violently.
  9. Pikey

    Pikey Active Member Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Getting that broken bolt out is not going to be fun. After you get it all apart you might be better off buying a new or used yoke and putting it on.
  10. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    Forgot to include "almost" luckily the socket just slid off the head of the bolt and didn't damage it or I would be truly ****ed.

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