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Old 11-14-2005, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default Crankshaft Sprocket Retainer Tool

Ok, I have given in to the fact that I am going to need to replace the head on my wife's 97 SL1, it seems to be somewhat common problem. I am now part way into dissassembly and all of my references state I need a Crankshaft Sprocket Retainer Tool to take off the timing chain cover. Do I really need this? Or, can I take the cover off without it? I have rebuilt some motors but they were all old school V-8's. I need some advice from you folks who have already done this on the 1.9.

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Old 11-14-2005, 04:38 PM   #2
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I did my timing chan without one. I've see a post on here that said you can cut the bottom out of a 35mm film cannister and use that.

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Old 11-14-2005, 08:34 PM   #3
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Default Re: Crankshaft Sprocket Retainer Tool

I've done two without it. I think it might help keep the oil pump gear lined up with the crankshaft.

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Old 11-15-2005, 05:41 AM   #4
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The oil pump and crank never lined up for me, after priming the oil pump, and turning the engine over to confirm timing. Just stick your fat fingers in the oil pump (=) shaped thing and spin it around till it lines up. The crank sprocket doesn't really go anywhere the timing chain holds it and I don't see a problem if it does slide out a bit.

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Old 11-15-2005, 08:02 AM   #5
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Ok, I have given in to the fact that I am going to need to replace the head on my wife's 97 SL1, it seems to be somewhat common problem. I am now part way into dissassembly and all of my references state I need a Crankshaft Sprocket Retainer Tool to take off the timing chain cover. Do I really need this? Or, can I take the cover off without it? I have rebuilt some motors but they were all old school V-8's. I need some advice from you folks who have already done this on the 1.9.

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Don't need it....never used it. Line the oil pump up by hand when you reinstall the cover.

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Old 11-15-2005, 12:55 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info everyone, I really appreciate it.

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