53 cavalier just won't fire

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Coach Js
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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:18 pm

Thanks Dave. I will thoroughly inspect everything tomorrow once it's all apart.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Bluedevil » Sat Jul 02, 2022 11:27 am

Fluid leaks tend to (gravity) go to the lowest point so, a pan or other gasket/seal leak may show up as a drip off the drain plugs, so eliminate that as a source before tearing things apart. I would do the copper washers as recommended previously first. Good luck.

Coach Js
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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Wed Jul 06, 2022 6:13 am

Thank you bluedevil.

The gasket I received had shrunk from its original size. A new one should be here today. The old gasket did need to be replaced. Everything under the pan in the engine looks great.

What is the recommended torque for the oil pan bolts? I don't want to over tighten. I will be replacing the lock washers for reassembly.

Don Shields
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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Don Shields » Wed Jul 06, 2022 4:51 pm

According to the 1951-54 shop manual, torque specifications section, the oil pan screws are 5/16-18 and should be torqued to 15-18 foot pounds.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Wed Jul 06, 2022 5:05 pm

Thank you very much Don.

Hopefully my replacement gasket will be here tomorrow

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Aus3400 » Thu Jul 28, 2022 1:35 pm

Thank you for the information.

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