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Unread 05-28-2007, 08:06 PM   #1
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Fuel injector clips?

Hi all! Newbie here.
I'm currently changing my head gasket and I ran into a problem I hope isn't too serious.
While removing the fuel rail I broke or lost most of the tiny metal clips that are between the rail and the injectors. My question is: How important are these clips and if they are vital does anyone know what they're called and where they can be purchased?


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Unread 05-28-2007, 09:27 PM   #2
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Junkyard would probably be the easiest/cheapest place to get them. You might be able to get by without them if it doesn't leak. I wouldn't take the chance though. It would suck if one started leaking and started a fire.
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Unread 05-29-2007, 01:37 AM   #3
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They are called "injector retaining clips" and they are mildly important. If the rail and injectors are already in place, then they don't do much. But they do keep the rail and injectors as an integral unit for installation or removal. Thats important when you are trying to "pop"all of the orings into place. Make sure you use plenty of vaseline on both ends of the injectors when installing. Pick up those clips at the stealership or the junkyard and you can put them on without removing the rail again. But ultimately, its the 3 bolts on the rail that hold it in place and the orings make the seal, not the clips.
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