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Old 07-24-2012, 04:41 PM
Toll Toll is offline
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Default Newbie to engines : Removing timing chain cover

Welp, I've developed quite the leak behind the timing chain. It's to the point where I can dump a jug of tap water in and have it mostly recollected by the three hour mark just sitting there..So it seems I'm going to have to learn how to do this. I have a few questions before I get started

2002 Ranger Xlt
3.0 6cyl

Myself :
Relatively handy with air tools in a tool maker sense though I've never rummaged through an engine before. The truck is not worth the 1300+ of being repaired by a professional as I have no idea what will go next.


-What sort of equipment am I going to need? a quick googling reveals an impact wrench but what about the other stuff that they naturally assume you have if you're going to be fussing about with an engine?

-What sort of cleaning is required to remove the old gasket material? I assume its a soak in some degreasing agent vs a quick wipe down but I'm completely ignorant.

-Are there any specific step by steps my google-fu might have missed? Reference material is always wonderful and appreciated.

-What else should I do while I'm down there? Is it worth it to replace the timing chain proper while I'm eye level with it?

-What sort of things are possible and/or likely that I will botch and potentially damage the engine/my hands/etc?

-Anything else you guys have to throw out there would be great. I'd like to walk into this knowing a more than what youtube videos can tell me.


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Old 07-24-2012, 05:11 PM
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Default Re: Newbie to engines : Removing timing chain cover

Try you tube, they can give you some great information about the tear down and assembly.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:45 PM
Stiffler250 Stiffler250 is offline
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Got to an autoparts store forr around 10 bucks buy a haines manual for the truck between common sense and this book i pulled my 3.0 from my 97 ranger and dropped in a new longblock motors got 5k and no probs or leaks so its a pretty good book! I am also a very mechanically inclined person
'97 Ranger XL 3.0 5 spd on 31's
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