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Nissan Murano DIY engine work

Our 2004 Murano has developed an overheating issue, and we've checked all the easy stuff. It's time to pull the heads.
The manual calls for dropping the tranaxle/suspension. But I bet I can pull the heads from the top. Can anyone advise?
Actually, I think I could get the block out from the top, too -- if the heads are off anyway. (Kinda need rear main seal, too.)
I want to do this from the top because I don't have a very good workspace. Any words from the wise?

Comments

  • How did you determine it is the heads? Are you thinking the passages are blocked?
  • Well, I'm taking the heads off to find out whether there's a crack or it's the gasket. As mentioned, we've ruled out the easy stuff. (I'm a little concerned about not being able to "interpret" the gasket.)
    I haven't had much time to fuss with it, but I am down to the camshafts. Looks like it'll come out the top after all. My biggest concern was the timing case cover, but it cleared. This wench is a [non-permissible content removed] to wrench.
    When the heads are off, I'll pull the block. Leaking rear main. Financial circumstances might allow rings/bearings after all. Even though the CVT is on borrowed time (as if any weren't).
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