1992 YJ. Harmonic balancer shot. Replacing it. No real issues until I put the new timing cover on and realized no matter that i do the stinking holes on the bottom through oil pan are not lined up. Anyone else deal with this? Is there some trick?
What motor do you have?
Are you sure you have the correct year timing cover and/or oil pan for your particular engine?
Could you have a different engine than came with your Jeep when it was manufactured?
I'd return the incorrect cover. Did you buy it online or at a local auto parts store?
Does your Jeep have the original engine? Look for a boss on the block between #2 and #3 cylinder. Clean off that boss and write down the number you find there.
Post it here so someone can tell you what year engine you have, or find a post by Got it at last and click on the link in his signature for free access to a Factory Service Manual for your Jeep. In the FSM there is a section that tells you how to read the alphanumeric code on the boss.
Once you know what year motor you have and assuming that the oil pan is original to your current motor block, you have a better chance of getting the correct timing cover.
Your issue could be that the seller simply sold you the wrong timing cover and you still have the original engine in your Jeep. Or that the cover you bought was mismanufactured.
I wouldn't attempt to drill and tap the cover you have.
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