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Old 07-23-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default HELP! Breaking timing cover(s)

2002 dohc sl2 here. Took my timing cover off yesterday to replace it since the motor mount studs ruined all three holes. Once I had the 13 bolts on the side out, the two center bolts, the idler pulley off and the 4 oil pan to timing cover bolts out, I could not get the cover off. I tried prying on it from the top and eventually it cracked into two pieces. I paid it no mind since I was replacing it anyways but the SAME THING happened in the junk yard today. The yard has one good cover left but I don't want to ruin it as well. Can anyone tell me what i'm doing wrong?

both covers got stuck in the same place, the bottom right. Also I noticed that near the bottom left and bottom right, there are two metal sleeves that sort of align the timing cover. Could these be what's causing all the sticking?

I would love for someone to just send me a timing cover ha.

Also I should note this: I found a timing cover that looks exactly like mine on a 96 dohc, I don't remember if it was an sc or sl. Will this cover works if it looks exactly the same? Or do 96's just have covers that look the same but line up differently in some way.

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Old 07-23-2010, 09:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: HELP! Breaking timing cover(s)

The cover is hanging up on the dowel pins. The RTV they used at the factory is pretty sticky u need to be gentle and try and remove it straight off the block without tilting it too much.

I am 99% sure the covers are different the 99+ head is narrower.

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Old 07-23-2010, 09:12 PM   #3
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Um.. there are 15 bolts. Did you miss the two in the center?? They are usually covered with crud. Sorry, re-read and just saw that you did accounted for those..
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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Default Re: HELP! Breaking timing cover(s)

Since you got all the bolts off, I think it's one of two things:

1) the cover is RTV'd on. Stuff can be pretty strong - best bet is to cut through the RTV (putty knife or something) before prying

2) there are two guide pins (dowels) - in the illustration above, you can see their locations as unnumbered holes, one in the bottom right and the other on the left about halfway up. Shoot some PB blaster on those before prying

Pry evenly around, don't try and force one side out. There are some small "tabs" which are good spots for prying

johnny95sl2 is correct, 99+ are narrower (Low Saturn notes that some early 99s will have the wider head, so it's best to measure if getting the cover from a 99)

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