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I'm in the middle of doing my intake gaskets, double roller chain and gaskets, rear main seal, oil pan replacement and a few other odd n ends.. I know I will have some questions when I get to the double roller so I figured I would start my thread now since I already found a few things I feel might be a problem.
So basically this thread is going to cover multiple things.... First is....
Cap & Rotor. These are the Echlins (spelling) from NAPA. I just installed them around December and they already look like this.. Take a look at the rotor button also, the shiny spot on the face of it is also sharp to the touch.
In December when I did the work, I did the Cap n Rotor, Pick up coil, Plugs, Wires and coil.. So it was all new, at the same time. Ive never seen any look like this after only a few months... Do I have a problem I am unaware of?
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Lots o' carbon there..... is your PCV system functioning properly? I don't recall if there is a seal in the distributor to isolate it from the crank case. Don't think there is.... just some bushings around the shaft.
I believe it is working properly, the little ball in the PCV shakes and rattles and hoses don't look bad. but yes, lots of carbon, has me wondering...
think I should clean up the contacts w/sandpaper or just see if NAPA would warranty them out? I wonder if the pick up coil could have anything to do with it since that piece is a different brand, from advance auto, not napa.
I'm not sure if you remember my 99 Ram and the thread titled, valve cover gasket nightmare (I think it was), I am just thankful the internals on my 98 ram is no where near the condition of the 99. Owners before me took pretty good care of it.
I pulled my plugs to take a look at them, still looking new.. I checked the gap and I was pushing .050 instead of .040.. could that have caused all the build up and stuff on the cap and rotor?
Anywho, took them up to napa and the guy couldn't believe the way it looked within only a few months so he swapped them out for new ones. The guys there are pretty laid back and easy to deal with..
Tomorrow I am going to remove the harmonic balancer to get to the timing chain.. Is there anyway to check if that is on its way out? I noticed a little play/wobble before while inspecting things, but other than that, anything else I should look for?
I have never had to TDC a engine before, It seems pretty simple I guess.. Put my rotor button back on, turn the crank till the rotor is pointing at the #1 plug and Im at TDC?
- The crank turns clockwise correct?
- Is there a way to check if it is 180 out of timing before reassembly? just in case.
Sorry for the "dumb questions". never had to mess with timing and even balancers before. I'm sure the questions wont end here.
For the timing set, just line up the dots on the gears before removal. Then install the new ones in the same orientation. Don't make it harder than it really is.
if the outer ring on the harmonic balancer is loose/sloppy in any way, replace it.
Engine does indeed turn clockwise when you are sitting in front of it, facing it.
I always over think things. Sometimes it works out in my favor, sometimes it drives me insane..
I read more on it last night and I just plan on removing everything then lining up the dots as you stated.
Thanks Man, heading out now to rip the rest apart, clean the block and rip the dash out to throw a new heater core in while the coolant is drained.
debating on the rear main seal as I do not feel comfortable undoing the bearing caps or whatever they are.. I don't trust my harbor freight torque wrench to be very accurate and I read those have to be perfectly torqued.
the oil pan is in rough shape. rusty and leaks a little so I bought a replacement, trans pan is next (w/drain).
I planned on doing the oil pump, pick up screen, rear main and oil pan at once, but I don't feel comfortable messing with the bearing caps so im just doing the pan and gasket I believe. As far as oil pressure goes, im good there, no issues. if it goes out later down the road ill deal with it then.
well, got the pulley off, went to remove the balancer and the Chrysler puller I rented is not the right one. back to AZ to get the bolt style.
Got the balancer and cover off... replace or no? I do see some dry rot on the rubber. I think I might just replace it. its only $55.50 with online discount. I just don't like the 1 piece design for some reason.
forgot to post the video of my chain slack.... too much?
I read some more threads last night on chain replacement. I'm not sure if I even want to attempt it now... I know its "easy" as some say and i'm already there, but the easiest of things never go smoothly for me anymore for some reason.
So pretty much while the timing cover is off, im going to....
- spin the crank (or cam?) bolt till the dots line up (6 cam, 12 crank)
- jar the cam sprocket, unbolt it.
- slide the sprockets/chain off
- line up the new chain and sprockets while laying on the bench
if you have a easier/accurate way, please, feel free to post it. need a confidence booster here
When I did mine, I turned the crank (with chain still on it, turning the cam at the same time) until the timing mark on the balancer lined up with the 0 mark on the block. Took the cover off, and the timing marks were out of line as were the key ways.
Studied it, read up on it, got more confused, and finally thought "well, if it ran before, as long as those key ways are there I can't really screw this up, can I?" I made sure NOTHING MOVED and got the new gears and chain lined up and bolted on and prayed.
Fired up just fine.
I honestly think that with the key ways on both the crank and the cam, the only way to mess it up is by turning one without turning the other.
So don't over think it, just be careful not to move anything and you'll be fine. After all, your existing chain is shot. You'll enjoy the improvement in your engine with a new chain.