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Old 05-14-2011, 07:13 PM
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The last pic is of the old and new timing chain guide from the rear passengers side. This is why people give up on the 4.0 sohc when it stops running. The guide goes bad and it jumps time and either won't run or runs very badly. I got lucky, mine didn't jump time. I knew it was bad because of the rattling. Probably one of the reasons its pretty clean inside is from running mobil 1 in it.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:15 PM
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oh ok i see, you could start a business doin that lol
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:16 PM
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Yeah you could make money but it is a lot of work....lol
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:22 PM
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haha yea true
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:25 PM
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Ok here's the progress...
Timing first...Put the balancer on TDC and be sure your on the compression stroke for #1 cylinder.(can't see the mark very well in my pic but it's there)

Next you can verify TDC on the good side by using a straight edge. I use a allen wrench that fits snug in the slot. I got 1 5/16 on both sides of the cam indicating it's parallel with the valve cover surface.


before I pulled the motor I was messing with the slack in the chain on the bad side and it jumped a tooth...twice. This indicates how far off it is, the slot should be parallel because it's at TDC.

Next I replaced the guide and tensioner. Don't worry about setting the timing yet, just get everything in position without tightening the sprocket all the way.


before I set the timing...

I set the timing with my allen wrench and ruler then torqued the sprocket bolt down making sure the tensioner was holding the slack out of the chain.


Next I reinstalled the valve covers, installed new plugs and cleaned the intake surfaces. Then I dropped it back in. Reinstalling the engine is one of the worse parts of the job. You have to line up the trans and convertor bolts when installing it which requires multiple trips from the top to the bottom of the engine...
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:24 PM
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sooo.... when can i expect you to come do mine? its the front chain, so it'll be easier.lol
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:29 PM
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lol sorry Chuck I don't do house calls!
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:19 PM
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Done! I haven't test drove it yet but it's all back together and no rattles! Now just a few minor things to do...
Test drive
Needs new hood shocks(hood won't stay up on it's own)
Clean the engine compartment
Noticed a broken sway bar link while I was under there...
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:21 PM
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lol sorry Chuck I don't do house calls!
nooooooooo! lol does that mean i need to bring it to you?
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Done! I haven't test drove it yet but it's all back together and no rattles! Now just a few minor things to do...
Test drive
Needs new hood shocks(hood won't stay up on it's own)
Clean the engine compartment
Noticed a broken sway bar link while I was under there...
sounds awesome! cant wait to hear how it rides.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:39 PM
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Sure bring it up, just the motor that is....lol Actually the front chain should be pretty easy.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:08 PM
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haha motor stays with the truck.

i'll have to pull the whole top end, wont i?
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:06 PM
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No but you will have to pull the whole front and the valve covers. There's a real good thread on the explorer forum detailing replacing all the chains and guides.
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...c+timing+chain
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:45 PM
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Well I have all the little details taken care of and took it for a little ride this evening. She ran good. I did notice the idler pulley making some noise so I swapped it out. I'm going to drive it to work tomorrow and see how it does. If everything seems good I will have it up for sale this weekend.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:04 PM
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congrats on another job well done!!
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:31 PM
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Thanks man, If the weather cooperates I'll get some better pictures.
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