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post #1 of 10 Old 02-27-2010, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Timing cover install tool? Huh?

going through the Chilton book to finish up my cam install today and it says you need to use a timing cover alignment tool. Ok, why? What is it and what does it accomplish? Has anybody besides Jeep service reps used one of these? do I have to? I haven't heard anyone mention one before? Please clue me in. Thanks

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-27-2010, 07:24 PM
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It helps to align the crank pulley seal. If you just throw it on, and if the seal isn't centered, you will have an oil leak from that seal.

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post #3 of 10 Old 02-27-2010, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm. ok. Is this something you have to use? Know one ever seems to mention this tool when posting?
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If you just take your time, but a little oil on your new seal to lube it up, you can put it on without an alignment tool just fine. That how I installed mine. No problems', no leaks.

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I did my 304 last year (new distributor drive gear - and NO, before anyone asks, It didn't have the HEI in it at the time) with no special tools and it went fine. No leaks. The one bummer is that my fancy Fel-Pro gasket set had everything I needed, but the rubber seal between the front of the oil pan and the bottom edge of the timing cover was too short. So, you might want to make sure you get the right one. Other than that, it was a straight-forward job.

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post #6 of 10 Old 02-27-2010, 10:37 PM
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I use a partial install of the damper to align the cover and then pull it once more to tighten the one inaccessible bolt.
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-28-2010, 04:06 AM
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I use a partial install of the damper to align the cover and then pull it once more to tighten the one inaccessible bolt.
X2. Just use the damper. Pull down evenly, and you will be fine.
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-28-2010, 05:43 AM
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^^^ that is what I did too, works fine.

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post #9 of 10 Old 02-28-2010, 05:57 AM
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I also do the same, put the balancer on twice.

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That's what I was thinking. Thanks
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