Originally Posted by 1specman
my parts come in tommorrow for replacing my timing chain, tensioner, guides, phasers,... already started dissassembly.
just wondering if anyone on this site in or around the baton rouge louisiana area did this job before. looking for possible help should i need. ace in the hole kinda guy.
Chris, I just finished this job with all OEM phaser and timing parts as well as the lash adjusters and followers. I posted a "what I learned" on the link below:
The job is not that hard, just really time consuming, I took a week off from work to take it slow, end result is my truck is now running and sounding great. I keep an eye on this site, so you can pm me if you run into issues or have questions. Things to plan for that will help are:
- have a short 10mm wrench for the power steering pump removal
- get a piece of chain, links not too thick, about a foot long so that can help with taking the fan blade off(read my method on the link above for the use of the chain)
- 8mm deep well 1/4 inch socket for the back bolt on the valve covers, 2 inch long 1/4 extension as well
- 22mm deep well socket for a couple bolts on the front timing cover
- blue locktite for the timing component bolts
- good vice grips to help with the cam positioning in needed
- long blade size 27 torx or be prepared to trim the handle down so that it will reach the VCT solenoid bolts without hitting the solenoid itself
- I sprayed the vct solenoids with throttle body cleaner and dipped them in oil prior to installing them the 2nd time
- check all pulleys when they are removed for possible bad bearings that create noise
- remove the wheel well cover to access VC bolts on right side
- probably the most important thing is to follow the instructions at the beginning of this thread, they are invaluable.
Good luck and let us know how it goes.