EDIT: February 2021
Thread has now been relinked to the photos. Note that the photos are direct URLs to the picture stored on a different site. In some cases, the photo may be cut off, rotated, or skewed from the original. If you have trouble viewing it, simply click the photo and it will open full size on a new tab in your browser
Have to add my disclamer:
Please note: I am not a mechanic who works on cars day in and day out! I don't have an unlimited supply of specially tooling! I am an auto enthusiast/backyard mechanic like the majority of us on this site. I've done my best to document how I performed this particular rebuild using standard hand tools and the factory service manuals as my guideline. If you see something in error, please respond via PM. If you see something that may be performed in a simpler fashion, again please respond.
First and foremost: YOU NEED THE FACTORY MANUALS FOR ALL REBUILDS!
- Open cell foam of .13" and .25" thickness. See suggested part numbers that I used in thread.
- Small piece of 3/4" heater hose and some hose clamps
- As always, any replacement component for an item found bad during the rebuild.
- 110V to 12V power convertor. Used to test electrical components out on your workbench
- Vacuum pump - hand held
- Green Grease: Doesn't have to be green, I just like it...but you want to use a grease suitable for bearings/axles for the internal components of rotating assemblies.
- Lithium Grease: I use lithium grease for all of the joints that aren't continually used as well as the joints that are open to the cabin of the vehicle....for the simple reason that lithium grease doesn't have much of an odor.
- 3M General Trim Adhesive
Edit 11/5/2014: Lately I have been receiving many requests from club members asking if I would consider rebuilding their parts per the steps shown in these ‘how-to’ threads. Although I am humbled at your trust in my abilities to rebuild such critical parts of your vehicle, I respectively have to decline any such requests. With a family of four, a demanding career, and just the normal responsibilities in everyday life, I have difficulty in finding time to work on my own project vehicles much less take on additional work. However, I encourage you to review the thread in detail, try to gather the required parts and tools, and attempt to rebuild the items on your own. My goal in developing these threads was to give members the encouragement to perform these component rebuilds at home while gaining valuable experience, saving some $, and simply having fun with the hobby. I hope by sharing this information and by including my own trials and mistakes along the way, help to achieve these goals.