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Old 09-19-2018, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default Timing chain cover

I want to thank all those whom cautioned "Be careful forcing the cover, you can break it. Don't ask me how I know."
I was able to remove the cover with the P/S pump, alternator and A/C compressor attached to the engine. I did have to remove the water pump to get access to the dowel pin area, but I had planned on replacing it anyways.

The day before removal I sprayed the dowels with Mystery Oil. I started the separation by tapping on a extension placed though holes in the sprockets and against the inside surface of the cover. Than I worked a couple of putty knifes
down the seam to the dowel. There I was stuck. Tried several different things, all of which may have helped: Heat, pounding on the surface of the cover near the dowel and prying against cover outcropping near the dowel.

The recommendation to use a 1 in. x 1 in. x 2 in. long block of wood between the torque strut and cradle is a good one. I could not remove the loose cover from the vehicle until I had removed the excess wood.

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Old 09-20-2018, 08:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: Timing chain cover

I took one off our 93 SW2. After all the scraped knuckles - I decided it would be less painful to just drop the drive train, rather that struggle putting it back on, in vehicle.

But then, I' m a big old busted up kind of dude. I had to get my sister to get the center bolt. My hands just wouldn't fit.

Also - I have a two post lift - and a drivetrain support stand (I have 2. It makes swapping engines easier)- that makes dropping it out the bottom pretty painless.

Added bonus - when you have the drivetrain out - it makes detail cleaning the engine compartment easy.

I even used Armorall on all the rubber hoses.


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Old 09-20-2018, 10:29 AM   #3
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But then, I' m a big old busted up kind of dude. I had to get my sister to get the center bolt. My hands just wouldn't fit.

Also - I have a two post lift - and a drivetrain support stand (I have 2. It makes swapping engines easier)- that makes dropping it out the bottom pretty painless.


I even used Armorall on all the rubber hoses.

I can't even get the car in the garage to work on it, a two post lift - WOW!

I also have big, busted up hands but since I also took the mount for the top engine support off, and have a good selection of tools, I don't anticipate problems (having time to work on it at a leisurely pace helps too).

How long does Armorall last under the hood? After starting with coarse steel wool on the headlight lenses working down to buffing with a tooth paste like compound, I made a vow to myself to apply Armorall once a month to prevent the UV yellowing caused by the cars being left out in the sun.

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Old 09-20-2018, 04:22 PM   #4
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I used armorall under the hood of my Silverado and just over 2 years ago, with occasional driving, almost no winter driving and then this past spring I started daily driving it quite a bit. Lasted really well and was really clean up to that point.

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