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Pulling the head out... how do I not make a MESS?

Posted by pneumagger, Sep 14, 2009

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  1. pneumagger

    pneumagger Probationary Member

    Joined Sep 13, 2009
    St. Pete Beach, Florida
    Wednesday and Thursday, I plan on pulling the manifolds and then head off my block for a gasket replaecment over the weekend.
    I got to thinking today while planning my steps, how the hell do I not get oil and coolant all over the block, turbo, hoses & lines, radiator, and bumper?
    My engine is generally very clean and when oil residue gets on stuff it attracts dirt like a magnet.
    I mean, the head is full of oil and antifreeze, no? as soon as I crack it off it's going to dump all over.

    my thoughts are:
    a) drain the oil and coolant and blow them out
    b) remove the valve cover with a towel around it
    c) make a towel "runner" leading out of the engine bay and move FAST.

    or is there a generally accepted method of not making a mess of my car and the garage floor?
  2. VETTE_50_TH

    VETTE_50_TH Proven Member

    Joined Jun 24, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    Let stuff drain for a few days if you can. Remove the radiator too.

    James :dsm::talon::laser:

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    manual · 2G DSM
  3. TFFC

    TFFC Proven Member

    Joined Apr 9, 2005
    Chino, California
    Go to your nearest walmart/supermarket and get Cardboard from the dumpster area, Lots of it. Its an awesome absorbant. Put it under the engine bay, and something to lay your parts on in order so you know how they came off and go on.

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    1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    automatic · 1G DSM
  4. BrokenTsi

    BrokenTsi Proven Member

    Joined May 3, 2003
    Rome, New York
    Bite the bullet and just take the parts off. You're gonna make somewhat of a mess.

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    1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    9.693 @ 150.800 · 1G DSM
  5. iugrad92turbo

    iugrad92turbo Supporting Member

    Joined May 22, 2007
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Yep thats part of working making a mess.

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    1992 Eagle Talon TSi
    awd · manual · 1G DSM
  6. My1GLaser

    My1GLaser Proven Member

    Joined Dec 4, 2006
    Bartow, Florida
    The oil will be mostly drained out of the head if it sits for a few days.

    Drain the rad with the cap off and squeeze the upper hose to make sure you get as much out as possible...thats about the best you can do, short of hooking up a shop vac to the coolant pipe. :D

    It shouldn't make too much of a mess after that.

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    1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    11.420 @ 121.980 · 1G DSM

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