Thanks very much for this info!
Please share, if you would. My 1 week install turned into a 1 year install.If the engine will be sitting out uninstalled for over 6 months. I have a secret for that situation.
I have a 2001 3.5 with 160k miles availible for sale in seattle.I do have a welder... but my overhead welding is not great. The bolt is now hollowed out. I will try some heat and the extractor again.
Only two bolts require RTV on them. This is because these 2 bolt penetrates through the block & into the oil gallery. Without sealant on these bolts oil will seep past them and drip onto your timing belt. Most people out of habbit seal all the bolt & that is ok. Everyone applies the sealant differently...with one exception (I'll get to that later) there is no right or wrong way. I find when you coat the bolts themselves the sealant finds it's way from your hands to you shirt, face, tools & engine. Personally I like to squeeze a little bit of sealant into the bolt holes & this stops the sealant from spreading everywhere.Oil Pump Install
When I look at the old bolts, there is RTV on all of them.
What I'm wondering is... do I squirt RTV in the bolt holes or put it on the threads of the bolts and screw them in?