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Unread 02-13-2013, 02:54 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by MJR View Post

This is why you use a brass punch to break it free. Brass is softer than steel. In your case is the damage so bad you can't rotate the crank and lightly sand with emery cloth?
Bass saves yer a**.

If its stock it sucks and if it scares the hell outta ya its just about right!
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Unread 02-13-2013, 03:09 PM   #17
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I pulled the front axle on mine when I replaced the RMS, it wasn't that bad. It gave me a chance to clean, grease and replace any suspension components that needed attention. started it on a saturday morning and had it back together by about 9ish. Most likely it was overkill but it make the RMS and oil pan gasket a breeze to replace.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 09:42 PM   #18
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First off, I would like to know how you managed to get the wife to buy you a XJ for Xmas?? Mine would get rid of it in a heartbeat if she had the opportunity... I'm all ears. Valentine's day's coming and a second XJ would be nice.

$400 is a fair price for RMS replacement. Let's be honest, if you're not entirely confident in your mechanical skills, this is going to be somewhat of a challenge. To begin with, it's MESSY; you're going to be covered in oil. I would actually do an oil change shortly before... just because I'd rather take a bath in clean oil. I would agree that the main difficulty is removing the oil pan due to the lack of clearance between the engine and the front axle (of course, if you have a lift, piece of cake). Just be prepared to be throwing a few cuss words, regardless of whether you're prone to it.

Follow Cruiser's advice and make sure it is indeed the RMS. Absolutely use a brass punch for the upper piece. And you might want to start with the valve cover gasket to warm up your skills; compared to the RMS, it's a joke.
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