I started getting a small coolant leak that was coming from the bottom of the bellhousing. For the life of me, could not figure out where it was coming from. Replaced heater hoses, clamps, checked radiator, reserve reservoir and could find its origin. It would only drop about 2 drops a day, so was nothing to serious, just bugged me quite a bit. After researching, and using tracer dye, I narrowed it down to the rear freeze plug in either the back of the head or the back of the block. So the start of summer my dad and I tackled that project.
Overall I ended up changing:
Oil pan gasket
Oil adapter O-rings
2 Rear freeze plugs
Welded exhaust header crack
Got a 3Ē lift for my birthday, and got it all installed. Had more time into this than I did on my engine job earlier in the summer. Everything that could possibly go wrong, did. It seemed every bolt either broke, or was seized. The four rear shock bolts broke, the leaf spring bolts were seized to the sleeve. Sway bar end link on driverís side broke. It was a nightmare. Here it is, before and after.
Also got the front brake pads changed and suspension parts greased during the process.
The lift was finished last night, and this is all caught up as of now. I am getting some crazy DW, and I'm pretty sure this is the REAL deal. Was driving 58 down the freeway today, and suddenly began to violently shake all over the road. I immediately slowed down and it went away. This happened twice. I will be calling around for an appointment to get an alignment done in the morning. I hope that fixes it. If not, I will be into other things like adj trac-bar and/or steering stabilizer to start. As for near future plans, I would like to get these things done:
Walmart fogs mounted in stock location
Front/Rear diff fluid changed
Tranny fluid flush
Few rust spots fixed before winter
Possibly door trim removed/painted (Not sure yet)
So, after some driving, I am still getting a little bit of vibrations around 60. I am pretty sure it is coming from suspension/steering components in the front end rather than driveshaft vibes. Could vibes from driveshaft cause steering wheel to shake (not deathwobble, just slightly vibrate)?
Also, what would you guys do first, adj. trackbar or adjustable lower control arms?