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Old 01-09-2007, 05:09 PM
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2 quickie questions

First the really dumb one: when doing a cold retorque of the head, do you loosen them all first and then retorque them all, or loosen and tighten one at a time?

Second, I'm replacing my clutch slave and I've taken the front spring clip off and am planning to draw it out to the rear but it seems pretty frozen in place. Is there a trick or is it time to get out the BFH? I'm worried about using too much force and breaking the mount. For now it's soaking in penetrant.

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Old 01-09-2007, 05:35 PM
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First the really dumb one: when doing a cold retorque of the head, do you loosen them all first and then retorque them all, or loosen and tighten one at a time?
No! One at a time, loosen then tighten, in order. And when you say cold, you mean warm, no?

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Second, I'm replacing my clutch slave and I've taken the front spring clip off and am planning to draw it out to the rear but it seems pretty frozen in place. Is there a trick or is it time to get out the BFH? I'm worried about using too much force and breaking the mount. For now it's soaking in penetrant.
Penetrant, and maybe some heat. Can you rotate it? Sometimes you can break it free by rotating it first.

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Thanks for the quick response.

head;
I've done the initial warm retorquing after I swapped in the new head. The owner's manual ('73 GTV) says to do a cold retorque, loosening and tightening.

slave:
I put pipe wrench on it and tried turning it with a hammer on the handle, but was reluctant to really lay into it. If the penetrant doesn't help by tomorrow I'll try the flame wrench.

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Old 01-09-2007, 06:36 PM
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Alfa issued a TSB in 1988 upping the cold retorque on the 2l engines to 65 lb/ft.
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Alfa issued a TSB in 1988 upping the cold retorque on the 2l engines to 65 lb/ft.
Thanks, papajam

Any tricks for clutch slave removal before the flame wrench comes out?

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Old 01-10-2007, 05:09 AM
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Yes. Try using some penetrant as bs suggests. There are two flats on the slave that will allow the use of waterpump pliers (or similar) to try to rotate the cylinder. Once it rotates, it can be removed.
Put a thin coating of anti-seize on the new cylinder before installation.
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