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post #1 of 9 Old 10-15-2017, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with two things regarding valve adjustment.



First is this. The timing chain is stuck on something inside the engine and it's stuck. I don't want to pull too hard. There is a little piece inside that "flaps" forward and back and it seems to be stuck on something relating to that. The other issue is I realized too late I took the cams off before the cam tensioner bolt/spring. Is this going to require adjusting my timing?

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Not sure why but the picture I posted in the original comment showing the chain being stuck is not showing.
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Not sure why but the picture I posted in the original comment showing the chain being stuck is not showing.
As a Spam fighting tool new users can not post pictures or links until they have 15 forum posts. PM the link to me and I will fix it.

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I found the link in your post but am not having much luck myself. Imgur is not very friendly with their 3rd party hosting. The link you have is not for a .jpg buit for a web page. I believe you need to get the direct link and then indsert it as an image here. I'll see if I can fix it.

Update: I added - .jpg - to the end of the link and it worked.

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post #5 of 9 Old 10-16-2017, 10:52 AM
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Under ordinary circumstances, you will set your cam chain sprocket witness and index marks at crankshaft TDC, and reset your cam chain tensioner.

Ain't no valve timing setting available otherwise, unless you want the tremendous power surge advancing the exhaust cam one sprocket tooth provides!

(I jest; the advanced exhaust cam plays to decidedly mixed reviews.)
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Removing the tensioner may loosen up the chain. You went to a lot of work. I don't remove the cams to adjust valve clearances.

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First is this. The timing chain is stuck on something inside the engine and it's stuck. I don't want to pull too hard. There is a little piece inside that "flaps" forward and back and it seems to be stuck on something relating to that. The other issue is I realized too late I took the cams off before the cam tensioner bolt/spring. Is this going to require adjusting my timing?
The problem with not removing the cam chain tensioner shows up when you try to reinstall the chain because when you first loosen the chain the tensioner ratchets out to take up the slack.

Then when you try to reinstall the chain, the tensioner is all the way out and there is not enough slack to reinstall the chain. You then have to remove the whole tensioner and install the chain. Then with the spring removed reset the tensioner foot so that it is all the way in. Reinstall the tensioner without the spring. Then install the spring and it will push the tensioner foot out against the chain for proper tension.
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So collinskj, what's happening with this valve adjustment. Did you get it sorted?

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