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How would I take apart the engine of a 1997 Nissan Altima?

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βˆ™ 2009-04-06 02:38:01

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With great care and attention!

The fact that you have to ask this would suggest to me that maybe you should entrust such a job to someone a lot more mechanically minded. Then again, I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't have a burning curiousity to take apart machines that I didn't have any true knowledge about.

In the very least, purchase/borrow/hire a repair manual (eg: Haynes) for a 1997 Nissan Altima - which looks a lot like the Nissan Bluebird here in Australia - and get yourself a torque wrench. Overtighten or undertighten the tappet cover or other essential parts held down by bolts and you could be left with a big piece of scrap metal under the hood/bonnet. A good repair manual will tell you step-by-step how to dismantle an engine and should give you the correct values for tightening all bolts.

You will also need a socket set, ring spanner set, perhaps some Allen/hex keys...

Drain all the coolant and oil before opening an engine. You may potentially contaminate both and cause an amusing/frustrating spectacle for other road users once you finally get it out on the streets.

I have been told that when you open up an engine, especially a modern one, you have to replace the rubber seal (gasket) for the head, as well as being a good opportunity to replace any exhaust gaskets, O-Rings, etc... I am not positively sure about this, but do consult someone with a bit of wisdom about pulling apart car engines and save yourself a lot of hassle.

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