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Old 08-27-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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Alright so I was having some problems with my formula so I took it to a local mechanic. I got a call today from him saying that there was a leak behind my opti causing it to short out. Instead of him fixing it, I think I am going to try and do it myself. I also have a brand new opti that I was going to put in since I have to take the other one out anyway. I was wondering if anyone had a guide or anything to the steps of replacing it. Thanks
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Well, for starters you have to remove the water pump, and most likely will need a puller to get the crank pulley off.
It's not a simple job, but it can be done. Will take a few hours.

However, what is leaking? It's usually the water pump that fails and causes the opti to fail.
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I am not sure where it is exactly leaking. The mechanic said that it was leaking oil and it was going into the opti. I am gonna pick it up soon and talk to him.
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Front seals, same thing happend to mine. If you're going to replace the opti go ahead and replace them.

It's not that bad of a job, just a lot of crap to remove to get down to it. Just sort everything as you take it off and take pictures of where everything goes. Makes it a lot easier to figure out how it goes back on if you've never done it before. Make sure you mark how the balancer and hub come off so you can put them back on the same way.
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I just put a new Accel opti in my formula and they had very detailed directions and pics that came with it. Its really not that hard of job but it is very time consuming. And you may as well do the plugs and wires since you have that much tore apart. The harmonic ballencer is easy its just the 3 bolts and there is a special spot it has to be in to slide the opti over the bracket behind it. The waterpump is kinda a pain and youll have to take the coil and air pump off to get to it. And you may have to move your fans around to get the pump out
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Alright thanks guys I appreciate the advice!
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