Firstly, this forum is like a brotherhood, never seen such helpful group, just like the firehouse. Yes, that is the tool I want and will surely get to do the rest of the springs, it looks like such an ease....especially for a n00b like me. Hopefully this one I have will work ok, tight spot, right next to brake booster....of course it couldn't just be #1 or 2 cylinder.
Ok, got the left side off, and wahla...broken spring, same cylinder (#5) as before but on the upper (intake?) spring. I have a few questions if you don't mind answering, they are elementary but want to make sure I'm right before attempting.
Not related to problem but if you look at the pic's there is an almost like bronze/sunset color to the interior. I bought the truck used with 34K miles on it. Under both covers, there is gunk, sludge and I pulled out a couple 2" in diameter "wafers" of baked crap!! Almost looks like this motor got real hot one time before along with NO
oil changes before I got it. Don't see how someone could treat their ride like this! What do you all think? I'm afraid that the initial abuse to this machine may cause a shortened life. Although, she's got 169K now and never a problem accept the two springs and alt.
Notice the pic of the lower spring, this is the one that got changed 4 years/60K miles ago, looks almost new...the way it should with proper oil changes.
Before I attempt to remove the rocker arm, should I get compressed air into the cylinder 1st should the spring fall apart? Don't wanna drop the valve. When I shoot the air, does it matter which plug hole I use? Any particular PSI I should use? My compressor works at 90PSI.
When I go to get the #5 cylinder TDC, can this be done from below the truck? It looks like the fan, etc will be in the way. I don't have a large breaker bar, maybe a 2 footer...this is not large enough is it? Any simple way of doing this? Never done it before. Also, when it's TDC, the spring should be fully extended/rocker arm raised, correct?
After the spring is removed, then I need to put a zip tie, etc on valve stem to keep it up, release the air and then move the valve up/down to make sure it's not bent correct?
Add air again, change spring, zip her up, start motor, smile, jump for joy that I've just completed a major task in my eyes?
Thanks weedahoe, that's awesome. I will let you know. Going to check on prices, etc. Money is tight right now so I may take you up on that. I see you're in GA also.
Abarmby...be safe brother...always enjoy meeting fellow firefighters. I'm Structural/1st Responder/Wildland Fire and soon to be Mounted (horse) Search & Rescue...volunteer at that but feels like fulltime