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Old 12-12-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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I was under my car today searching around for a creek noise when steering when I noticed that I had oil on my oil filter. so I searched more and found what it looked like the timing chain cover is leaking oil. I can't tell if its leaking from the timing cover or a head gasket. Maybe one of you guys could help me. I have roughly around 170k on the car, not really sure due to the speedo being way off, and the motor is bone stock besides cai.

and is there a replacement gasket? I have searched and can't find anything.

How hard is it to do this job?

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Old 12-12-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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ok, well I take one part back, I just found a gasket set.
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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Doing the front cover is a job but it isn't hard technically just labor intensive. Gotta remove both valve covers (so replace those gaskets while you're there) and everything on the front of the engine. But all you really need is an 8,10, and 13mm.
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:06 PM   #4
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okay, what seals/gaskets should I replace while the timing cover is off? while im in there might as well freshing things up.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:02 PM   #5
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i found valve cover gaskets from autozone. the exact ones from late model restoration, but they don't include grommets for the bolts.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:23 PM   #6
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Okay, done some more research and it seems pretty straight foward I hope. Now my only concern is how to get the harmonic balancer off. I have never messed with one of these, and is there a certain tool or special way to get it back on?

and can someone give me the torque specs for valve covers, timing covers, any pulleys i need to take off and harmonic balancer
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:14 AM   #7
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Make sure you get the right valve cover gaskets, Ford made about a quarter million different designs in the decade or so of the 2v. You should replace the valve covers as mentioned, the front cover gaskets, and the front crankshaft seal to be all inclusive.

Don't forget a dab of grey RTV sealant in the in the corners of the oil pan and back on top where the cover meets the block when you re-install the valve covers. You will need a tool to get the balancer off. To get it back on you will either need a longer bolt, a thinner washer, or the tool.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:42 AM   #8
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Okay. The timing cover gasket comes in 3 pieces and a seal. I'm guessing that's the seal you're talking about. So do I put rtv where the gaskets meet on the timing cover since its a 3 piece?
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None of those seals actually meet anywhere, one is for the right side, one the left, and one for the middle. There is probably some sealant in the places you need to replace it in already.

But like I said, corners on the oil pan and on top where the cover meets the block when re-installing the valve covers.
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oh okay. makes sense cause these gaskets arent big enough to cover the whole timing cover. well what seals the rest of it if these gaskets dont even go all the way around the cover?
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They go all the way around. It's just in multiple pieces.
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okay. can someone help me with the harmonic balancer? I know i need the puller to get it off, but what size and how long of a bolt will i need to seat it when i go to put it back on? and what are the torque specs?
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U there are seperate bolt holes in the balancer for the puller, the crank bolt os TTY so just buy an arp crank bolt to replace it with
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Okay, but how do I put the balancer back on? I heard I need a longer bolt to seat it then use the original bolt to torque it down. I don't have underdrive pulleys by the way.
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i always just tapped mine on a tad and used the arp bolt, never need anything longer.
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okay. can someone help me with the harmonic balancer? I know i need the puller to get it off, but what size and how long of a bolt will i need to seat it when i go to put it back on? and what are the torque specs?
Auto zone has a kit that has all the bolt sizes in it. Its $20 to rent but you get it back once you take it back

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Its not hard to taken it off. I say the hardest part was the power steering pump if you don't want to take the hose off itll be a good idea to get a ratchet wrench. I can't remember what size it was but its almost a must or you'll be there all day with a regular wrench. You have to take that and the ac compressor to get to some of the cover bolts.
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okay, did you remove your radiator, or fan shroud to have access to the balancer? and one last question I think, do I need to drain the oil from the engine before taking off the timing cover?
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okay, did you remove your radiator, or fan shroud to have access to the balancer? and one last question I think, do I need to drain the oil from the engine before taking off the timing cover?
Yes, I took everything out the front. Rad all that. & I'm not sure if you have to drain the oil I did but I don't really think you have to cause it'll be all in the pan. But I would suggest you do because you have to take two of the front bolts out the pan to get the cover off.
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&make sure you take that bolt out the center of the balancer. Idk if you knew that or not. But just make sure its out before you try to put the remover on.
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