So I am putting in a rebuilt 2.5L into my '94... Pulling everything off the old motor now and putting it onto the new one. I pulled off the vibration damper and notice that the rubber is cracked/drying out. Is this something that can be easily replaced? Should I just buy a new one? Not an issue at all and just re-install? Also anyone have a good source of valve covers for the 2.5? I want the motor to be as virgin as possible and if I can avoid hours of scrubbing the inside of this one that'd be great! Thanks for the help!!
I would replace it. I just purchased one for my 4.2 from Morris 4x4. The rubber was cracked and the damper was starting to rub the timing chain cover. During my research I found a thread where a damper rubbed a hole in the timing cover. It can also make it hard to correctly time the engine if the rubber allowing the damper to "walk".
I forget to say,when you put the new one on you should use an inserter to do it.I bought a set at bumper to bumper but maybe O'Riellys has one to rent.You won't need the puller if you put a new one on...russ
I rented the install tool from Autozone. I wouldn't risk just using the bolt to install. It works sometimes, but if the damper gets in a slight bind just the bolt will rip the threads out. Not worth the risk IMO.
Thanks guys! I already pulled the old one off but I will prob just buy the new one and save myself a headache later. The next week or so should be fun trying to remember exactly which bolts went where haha