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Old 11-18-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Timing cover for 96 SL2

The engine mount treads on my timing cover are messed up and I need to replace the cover. What year models have a cover that fits? The dealer wants $275 for one. I found a cover for a 97 at a used parts place about 60 miles away for $10. I will have to pull the part and I don't want to spend the time and gas if it won't fit.

Are there any tricks I need to know when I remove the cover? I have the service manual and it says I need a special tool to hold one of the gears in place when I remove the cover. I hate to buy a special tool I'll only use once.

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Old 11-18-2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Timing cover for 96 SL2

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You may want to search out a few of the timing chain threads for more info on removing the cover. Search for a thread with "debrief" in the title by rc1488; that will get you started with some pictures. Notably, you don't have a lot of clearance at the bottom for some of the cover to oil pan bolts.

it's kind of a PITA... you'll have to loosen the PS pump enough to get the pulley out of the way, and might have to remove the water pump pulley as well. Count your bolts to make sure you removed them all... there's a hidden one in the middle.

There's two guide "pins", one near the tensioner and another at the lower front/right. These tend to be the 'sticky' areas.

i don't remember any special tool for holding gears in place, at least not for just removing the covers... in any case, you probably only need it for changinge the chain. you're just pulling the cover, you don't care if the JY car is still timed properly. The timing gears are held in place with drill bits (3/16?) or similar sized pins when doing the chain.

96-99 was the same generation mechanically, so it should be OK. Not an expert, though. However, I don't think there were significant changes in any of the timing covers from 1993-2001

Oh, you're going to want at least a 2' breaker bar for the crankshaft pulley and a lot of PB Blaster.

Helicoil, or similar product wouldn't work?

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Old 11-18-2009, 12:26 PM   #3
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Default Re: Timing cover for 96 SL2

The timing cover is a pain to get off (hardest part for an in car timing chain replacement).

Many have fixed the threads with hellicoiles with great success. I'd look at that before replaceing the cover.

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Old 11-18-2009, 01:41 PM   #4
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Default Re: Timing cover for 96 SL2

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The timing cover is a pain to get off (hardest part for an in car timing chain replacement).

Many have fixed the threads with hellicoiles with great success. I'd look at that before replaceing the cover.
I vote for tapping out to 7/16 and using new studs that size.
The holes in the mount should be fine as they are a bit large anyway.
You have to tap out larger for a helicoil anyhow.

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96-99 was the same generation mechanically, so it should be OK. Not an expert, though. However, I don't think there were significant changes in any of the timing covers from 1993-2001
A timing chain cover from a 1992-1998 DOHC would work. 1991 didnt have the provision for the top mount. 1999-2002 DOHCs had a narrower head. So the top of the cover was narrower.

When removing the donor cover, grab a two of the mounting bolts then cut the heads off when you get home. When you go to install the new cover, screw the headless bolts into the top left and top right cover to head locations. You'll be using them as a hanger to hold the timing chain cover away from the head/block. This way you can get the oil pump aligned with the crank snout without smearing the RTV everywhere. Once the pump is lined up, simply slide the cover towards the engine. Once you have a few bolts in, remove the headless bolts and replace them with the correct bolts.

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Old 11-19-2009, 01:41 PM   #6
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Default Re: Timing cover for 96 SL2

Thanks for the correction, Mike. Added to the swap guide (surprisingly, the info wasn't already there)

And a good tip, too

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