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Old 09-16-2013, 12:26 PM
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I'll be doing my timing chain soon and just wondering why the distributor cap needs to be removed to do this?
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It doesn't. Pull off the old timing set, line up the new one where the marks were on the old one, install.
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It doesn't. Easiest way is to pull timing cover off, turn engine over with a socket till cam timing mark is at 6 o clock and cam timing mark is at 12 o clock. Pull off the old, put on the new.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:36 PM
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That's what I thought because the book said otherwise. Do I need a tool to remove the gears off the cam and crank
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That's what I thought because the book said otherwise. Do I need a tool to remove the gears off the cam and crank
No, they're just a slip fit. May have to pry a little.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:42 PM
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Mine were easy, there's a possibility you may need a puller.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:48 PM
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awesome, I know I need the harmonic balancer puller, certain type that doesn't grab the outside of it
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awesome, I know I need the harmonic balancer puller, certain type that doesn't grab the outside of it
It's either got threaded holes for bolts and nuts or you'll need a 3 jaw puller...
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I used two of the long bolts from the water pump with my puller to get the harmonic balancer off, but don't think i needed a puller to get the timing gears off IIRC.
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sounds easy to do. I can take apart everything up to the clutch fan in 10 minutes, the rest should be easy
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:00 PM
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It's a good time to replace your water pump, thermostat and bypass hose too if they have a lot of miles on them.
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This is all in the FSM I suggest you DL it for free here at Df and read the area that covers this subject.
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thermostat and bypass hose have 3k on them. Water i'll replace when it breaks, it's easy to do
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water pump*
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spray the old set off with brake cleaner to find the marks (not the position of the keyways). unbolt the old and remove, do NOT rotate the engine, slide on the new.

no need to remove the dist cap.
the hardest part is removing the large crank bolt and holding the engine from turning. air wrench works best.
when using the harmonic balance puller, reinstall the crank bolt to protect the oh-so-precious threads.
take your time. double check everything.

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doesn't the crank bolt come off before the harmonic balncer is removed?
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yes it does.

but the puller will push on the end of the crankshaft which is hollow, and if the bolt is removed, the puller can get into the threads and screw them up. loosely thread the crank bolt back in, and let the puller push on the bolt head. it can't screw that up.

i think i had the crank bolt screwed in during that picture just so i could hold it while i torqued the cam bolt, and also to rock the engine back and forth and recheck the alignment.
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ok this sounds easy. does the cam bolt come off easy
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yes.
crank bolt is tight, something like 135 pounds.
cam bolt is normal, don't quote me, maybe 40-50-60 pounds.

there's only 2 ways to screw up the job.
1. screw up the threads in the end of the crank.
2. rotate the engine with chain off and get it out of time.
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so I just have to loosen the crank bolt and then inch out the harmonic balncer and keep the chain on whenever I can
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