HAve come to halt on the easy bit - how the f##k do you remove the black plastic housing that covers the fuel rail? I can see two clips underneath it at each end, have tried squezzing , pushing , poking etc - but doesn't move. Any clues?
Once this done, how many bolts are there between head and manifold?
The black plastic housing is actually a cover for the wiring loom. It doesn't just pull off because, built into it are the plugs for the fuel injectors. Therefore, to remove it, you need to release the 4 clips holding the plugs on top of the injectors (which are underneath).
This is fiddly because you can't get to them that easily. If you can hook the clip off the outer injector (one nearest the battery end), then you can see how they come off.
Hate to say it but, most people just manage to remove it by pulling hard, which of course, risks breaking something.
Loosen as much as possible to get better clearance to the 4 clips on the injectors mentioned earlier. I think when I did it I was able to undo all the manifold nuts and push the manifold back slightly allowing access to the clips.
Probably best to undo the two bolts that secure the fuel rail to the manifold first then move the whole wiring rail,injector rail and injector assembly forward. Not forgetting to undo the wiring and fuel lines first.
If I remember correctly this gives you enough room to remove the inlet manifold. There are 9 nuts and they are awkward little gits to get at. A combination of sockets,bars,universal joints,spanners and swearing will probably be needed.
Thats if I'm right about the wiring rail,fuel rail and injectors all coming off as one piece, its been a while but I have the aforementioned kit in a box in my house all still together. So I must have removed them as one.
Actually come to think of it, can't you get at the manifold bolts with the fuel rail in place.
I've forgotten what the original question was, probably best to ignore all this, my memory is ****.
You don't need to take the cam cover off. It is awkward but you should be able to undo all manifold nuts with the injector wiring still in place. This allows you to rock the manifold back slightly and gives you enough room to remove the clips holding the wiring rail to the injectors.
you could have your injectors cleaned,while your down there.If your taking the manifold off,make sure she's nice and clean when it goes back on,same with the throttle housing. Get rid of all that black gunky stuff. Then fit an oil catch tank(an old coke bottle does the trick) to stop it getting so shitted up.