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robotnix 06-27-2014 07:14 PM

timing chain install instructions
hi guys,

I'm trying to learn about timing chains and having a bit of a hard time can't find anything on youtube or google that actually explains the principle behind timing chains and how they work.

I want to learn because I have my waterpump and timing chain cover to change. so I told myself I might just also change the timing chain since all will be down anyway.

I know there is a proper way to install that thing.

I got the ford racing one and on the small gear there are numbers and on the large gear a dot so I want to be sure I undersand how this works to install it right.

thank you.

dawson1112 06-27-2014 08:22 PM

If you don't under stand the principles of a timing chain you should probly not attempt to install one yourself. Instead you should click here

bluebeastsrt 06-27-2014 10:15 PM

My friend do yourself a giant favor and get a hanes manual from the autoparts store.

robotnix 06-28-2014 09:28 PM

ok got the book... thanks.

now I'm trying to open up the crank pulley and all I'm doing is turning the engine.

did some readin gthey say to put it to 5th gear with handbrake (will I domage transmission)????

others say use impact... I may try this instead.



bluebeastsrt 06-28-2014 09:58 PM

Spray it with some penetrating oil and use an impact if you have one. If not, you should be able to put the car in gear and use a breaker bar and extension to loosen the nut. if your still having issues after trying both of these technics. Use a strap wrench and hold the pulley. Don't worry some times you have to use force to get things apart. That's a stout part. Nothing will break!

tinman 06-29-2014 03:26 AM

Remember, righty=tighty. Lefty=loosey........

dawson1112 06-29-2014 03:51 AM

The crank pulley bolts are nothing compared to the balancer bolt in the center, wait till you try to crack that one loose.

For the 4 pulley bolts hit em with some penetrating lube and let em soak over night if ya have to. Impact should work fine on the pulley bolts, but I doubt youll get the balancer bolt loose with one, Ive had to use a breaker with a 3' pipe over the handle for more leverage to brake those loose. Last one I did , even the parking brake and transmission in gear wasnt enough to stop the engine from rotating, instead the hole car was moving. So I used a small length of chain with a hook on one end , bolted one end onto where the pulley bolts to then the other end I hooked onto someplace solid in order to keep the engine still, even with the 3' pipe on my breaker it took all I had to get it loose.

robotnix 06-29-2014 06:53 AM

I think I'll use this thread to build a document on how to get this job done for other noobs like me.

ok so got the pulley bolts off easy enough with penetrating lube took me 5 minutes for all 4.

but WOW the crank bolts... look I have physical force but OK I think I have to find another way than my small wrench and the right size socket :) lol

right now I just put some penetrating lube on it and I'll give it few hours and try again the same way see if goes anywhere.

dawson1112 06-29-2014 07:36 AM

Youll need a large breaker bar, and most likely a long helper pipe over to break it loose, and youll have to give it all you got. Penetrating lube wont help ya on the crank bolt, its sheer force for that one.

mjr46 06-29-2014 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by dawson1112 (Post 8404062)
Impact should work fine on the pulley bolts, but I doubt youll get the balancer bolt loose with one,

then you need to go buy a real impact instead of using a vatozone great neck my mac impact never flinches on the 302 crank bolts and it's broken loose 100's over the years. :)

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