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Old 04-09-2014, 11:48 AM   #1
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Help with timing and settings 02 mustang gt

Ok so I had to replace one of my heads, yeah I know I should have done both but working on a budget. My question is I'm new to all of this and I didn't set my engine to top dead center but I've marked the chain and cam so I know exactly how to put it back on but is there anything else I need to know? After I put it back on the exact way it came off should I then turn it to top dead center? I only changed the pas side head so I only took off one cam. I marked the top and bottom so I'm sure it will be where it came off. Any help at all will be much appreciated.. Thanks guys
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It sounds like you are confident that you can put the cam back in right but I would for sure, SLOWLY, turn the engine, BY HAND, through two complete revolutions. to be sure that there are no piston to valve clearance issues. A forum member recently did a PI swap and got one of the cams a tooth off, I believe, and had to buy THREE heads because many of the valves were bent when he started the engine.
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Ok so I put it back on today. Now when I go to turn the engine by hand I guess I'm listening for a taping noise to see if it's hitting? How do I tell if I have clearance? Also the timing chain tensioner I had to bleed to put it back on and it's in right but I guess it will get a little tighter once it gets some oil? Because the chain is just a tad loose. Thanks for any advice. Fingers crossed
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With all of the spark plugs removed from the engine (So that there's no compression) slowly and very gently, rotate the engine by hand (A socket on the crankshaft pulley bolt) both listening and feeling for anything strange. If you feel it come to an abrupt stop, don't force it. It should be reasonably obvious, fairly quickly, if something is wrong. Rotating it twice will make 100% certain that there are no clearance issues.
The tensioner should start filling with oil while your turning the engine over by hand
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Or just degree the cams and call it good. PI cams in PI heads properly degreed will have no issues unless you did something really really dumb.
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Lol thanks guys I appreciate it. I'm going to finish it tonight so I'll let you know how it goes..
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