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Old 09-03-2015, 05:40 PM   #1
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At 151k changed engine vct solenoids oem motor craft 120 bucks with seals . 5.4 l 3v 2005 Triton (EBAY ford dealer) . To my surprise engine noise went away no ticking , It had been noisy since 60k ,The seals were a real be-ouch to remove and you must have a real thin shaft t27 to remove screw holding it in . I ended up taping a tip into a thin driver so as not to lose the tip. Good luck in finding a thin t27 long driver(6 inches or so) . you need to order one on line ahead of time , Nothing at harbor freight -no local sears store . Suggest you buy one online first at 11 dollars or so .
Soaked new vct in 5w -20 first . Seal too . Had trouble seating seal on driver side deep set 1-1/4 socket hit power steering bracket , used 6 inch 3/8 socket extension on edges .
These seals are tough, lined with steel not flexible at all , they are deep and tough ,don't start without new ones . I almost drilled one to get a good pull on it but I knew the crap would go into the engine . So I didn't do it . Start with the easier one on the passenger side then you will gear up . They look easy with notches and all -but no !!!! Maybe I could have run a sheet metal screw in them to pull on ??? Anyway allow 4 hours of cussing for both.
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think it would be easier to just remove the whole valve cover?
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07 and 08 you HAVE to remove the valve covers. Sucks.
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07/08 should have the up-dated VCT's
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mine is titled as an 07 but it looks like it has the removable plugs in the valve covers. could an early 07 still have this type? what did the other style u mention look like?
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late 07/08 motors have re-designed cylinder heads... I believe the motor build date was 10/7/07 and up..
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07/08 should have the up-dated VCT's
Interesting, right?
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I did mine too, 05. Seals weren't too bad. Patience required.
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I changed my drivers side and it went away. However I still can hear the phaser faintly. I'm going to change the passenger side over christmas break.
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Anyone have a link to a long skinny T27 driver? I was planning on just taping together my socket extensions so I don't drop anything in there. I didn't think it needed to be skinny but I guess it does.

My new VCT's have been sitting on my shelf for well over a year and still haven't replaced them...
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