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Old 07-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Help save me some time removing my vibration damper

long story short, my timing chain and/or sprockets need to be changed out.

I'm trying to not have this be a whole day repair job because this is the south and its hotter than hell in the middle of the day. I would really rather not have to remove the whole radiator to make room for a pulley puller to do this. I also would rather save the money than spend it on a tool I'm going to use once every long while.

any way to do this without damaging the pulley without a puller or am I on a goose chase here?

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Old 07-30-2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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Go to Autozone and rent w/deposit the puller and yes remove the radiator. Any other way and you will probably ruin something. I know it is a PIA I live in Vegas and I have to wait until 10 P.M. before it cools down and yes it is a dry heat!! Good Luck

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Old 08-02-2012, 10:08 PM   #3
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oh man, I took it all apart; I was able to do it without completely removing the radiator. but anyways, took it apart and man, my chain is completely jacked. its got about an 1" or more of play. how does this happen? its only got 150,000 on it. I thought chains were supposed to last for wayy longer.

also, theres a spot on the cover that looks like two little tabs for a tensioner or something? is this used on the 4.2? cause they're pretty much gone on my cover.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:32 AM   #4
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Bite bullet and buy the new parts. With that many miles it should be exactly as it is. Glad to hear you were able to get it all apart OK.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:12 AM   #5
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I am hoping that the remark about the timing chain "only" lasting for 150,000 miles was you being very sarcastic. Since the Motor that you are working on is only rated at that amount. The 4.2L motor is designed(with proper care) to last in a range of 150-200,000 miles before a major rebuild.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:23 PM   #6
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I am hoping that the remark about the timing chain "only" lasting for 150,000 miles was you being very sarcastic. Since the Motor that you are working on is only rated at that amount. The 4.2L motor is designed(with proper care) to last in a range of 150-200,000 miles before a major rebuild.
I was just told by my parts dealer when i was up in CO that they can last to 300,000... did seem a little too good to be true. idk, kind of made sense though, I mean the reinforced rubber timing belt on my civic was good for about 150,000, you'd think a metal chain would be good for more.

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