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post #1 of 3 Old 02-28-2012, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Timing chain replacement

Well I have everything off and the timing chains got a little to much slack, any sure fired no fail methods to placing the gears and chain where when I drop the dizzy this thing might crank again?
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-28-2012, 08:26 PM
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I would search a little. Lots of posts on timing chain replacement. Lots of little problems too. From oiling problems after replacement, warped covers, covers with dimples vs. no dimples, etc.
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First off you will have to find top dead center on the number 1 cylinder. Your timing gears will have alignment marks on them a dot or circle to match up. Before you pull the distributor scribe an alignment mark and note where the button is pointing. You can use a screw driver to align the oil pump. You may or may not have to use a puller to remove the gears. Buy new gears and chain and lube them with motor oil. I lay mine out flat first ro get an idea of where the marks will be. If your jeep " jumped time" you could have some internal damage. The gears will have a keyway slot so you can't mess that up. Any maintenance manual Chilton's etc will usually have pictures and step by step instructions
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