Brand new Olds Toronado owner

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Re: Brand new Olds Toronado owner

Postby Francois » Tue May 28, 2019 8:01 pm

Thanks for the tips !
Tires and brakes cylinders were changed by the previous owner. But he did not replaced the master cylinder...
Why do you recommend not to change the head gaskets ? I'm about to do it because I have to replace all the valves sterm seals that are in pieces... I'll check the timing chain set and the harmonic balancer.
For the trans, I don't have the space or tools to do it, might have to bring it to a garage... still it was working great but seemed to be leaking a bit underneath.
Any help is very welcome and your comments are useful :)

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Re: Brand new Olds Toronado owner

Postby bcroe » Tue May 28, 2019 8:32 pm

Valve stem seals can be changed without removing heads.

The entire brake system should be updated, not just the cylinders.

The things I recommend are part of what I do to my cars.
good luck, Bruce Roe

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Re: Brand new Olds Toronado owner

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Tue May 28, 2019 8:36 pm

I'm a firm believer in the concept of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

If you think the engine is sufficiently worn that the head gaskets should be changed, then go ahead and do it. If the engine runs fine, leave it alone.

TYiming chain set is another matter. GM used nylon coated sprockets. The nylon flakes off the timing sprockets and can clog the oil pump. The nylon comes off no matter how many miles or how well cared for the engine is.

The new Cloys sets aren't nylon coated.
If the trans works, leave it alone. Flush it and replace the fluid and replace the pan gasket or wherever its leaking.

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