Originally Posted by Racecar80
The dowell pins will pull out after removing the side bolts. You may have already figured that out by now (been a couple of weeks since your post). Did you ever find the cause? I have one with the same issue in my shop right now. I will not put it back together until I find out how the cause of this happening. Thx Racecar80
From wat I read. It's caused from crankshaft play. It shifts and makes the thrust bearing/washer fall apart and sometimes will fall off in the bottom of ur oil pan. The shavings get circulated internally and goes through the cam phasers as well which causes the failure. Best way is to rebuild the motor. Get a one piece thrust bearing instead of the welded two piece so they don't break. Hope this helps. Happens in 2004 - 2008 f150. Ford has a bulletin for it but no recall. They rather sell u a motor instead. Sucks though cuz I found out the hard way too.