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Old 09-21-2009, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Removal of 96 SOHC Cam Sprocket

I'm doing a head gasket change, and trying to remove the cam sprocket, but the bolt won't budge. It's not a left hand thread, is it?

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:13 PM   #2
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I'm doing a head gasket change, and trying to remove the cam sprocket, but the bolt won't budge. It's not a left hand thread, is it?
Lefty loosey, righty tighty.

A breaker bar and a length of pipe is something you might need.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:16 PM   #3
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Default Re: Removal of 96 SOHC Cam Sprocket

Just wanted to make sure before I wail on it! Thx.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:47 PM   #4
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Just remove the whole cam from the head. Makes the head lighter to lift out, and then you dont have to crank the gear back on later

Seeing how you have a SOHC motor have the head pressure tested. The SOHC head like to crack for some reason. I think that they like to crack at the 3# cam journal. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

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Old 09-21-2009, 09:04 PM   #5
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Second on getting the head checked. Some years of SOHC have a cracking tendancy. IIRC you can get a complete *new* SOHC head for less than $350

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Old 09-21-2009, 09:16 PM   #6
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Default Re: Removal of 96 SOHC Cam Sprocket

No, it's not reverse threaded, but it is torqued to 75 ft/lbs. There is a flat about midway down on the cam to hold it with a wrench...22mm if I remember right. It'll come out.

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Old 09-21-2009, 09:21 PM   #7
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Just remove the whole cam from the head. Makes the head lighter to lift out, and then you dont have to crank the gear back on later

Seeing how you have a SOHC motor have the head pressure tested. The SOHC head like to crack for some reason. I think that they like to crack at the 3# cam journal. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
You're wrong. They crack on the #4 cam journal, and if the OP doesn't have a thick milksahke mess in his overflow bottle, then the head isn't cracked. Sending it out would be a waste of money and time. There's also no need to take the cam out when removing the head. The head isn't very heavy, and neither is the cam, or the sprocket. I remove the head with the intake still attached, gives you something nice and solid to grab onto.

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Old 09-21-2009, 09:51 PM   #8
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Its a standard thread, lefty loosy righty tighty. and yes there is a wrench flat (7/8) just past your first 2 or 4 lifters 74ft/lbs. I highly recomend having 2 people for the job when breaking it loose with a cheater bar. make sure your crank is 90 degrees past TDC and your camshaft its at dead on TDC when reinstalling your head. this ensures no damage to your valves. when accomplished just counter rotate your crank back to TDC and install timing components.

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Two people?? Sounds like a bit much. I've never needed more than a 15mm wrench to break the cam bolt free.

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