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Started my Timing Chain....UGH!

OMG, what did I get myself into?!?! I started doing my timing/balancer chain this last week. There's a LOT OF tedious work to get at it. Work I'm not sure I can do! Like doing the oil seal on the crankshaft pulley. Really never done one...hope youtube has one! After assessing the work needed to get at the chain, I'm really hoping this is my issue. I might not have it back together before the end of summer....LOL

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Stuck already...how do I remove the braided hose from the BOV to the valve cover? Both ends are smooth....
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You have to use a fuel line disconnect tool, it's probably a 5/16

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Stuck already...how do I remove the braided hose from the BOV to the valve cover? Both ends are smooth....
This is the one into the turbo, right? The turbo end of the hose is attached to a bracket held on with a screw (maybe two, I forget). Just undo the screw(s) on that bracket and pull/slide it up out of the turbo with the braided hose still attached. Be careful, it's very tight, and there's an O-ring seal that you don't want to damage.

Then just leave the braided hose attached at both ends (to the bracket and the valve cover).


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You have to use a fuel line disconnect tool, it's probably a 5/16
Yeah, No. No space to fit a disconnect tool on that pipe.

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Not to be mean or anything, but you should stop ASAP before you destroy your engine lol
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Not to be mean or anything, but you should stop ASAP before you destroy your engine lol
Actually, I know about 90% of what I'm doing, I'm just having some issues with certain items. Plus I'm not paying a dealership $2500 to do something I can do for $200. I've actually looked at the front of the motor and thought..."wow...that's a lot of work to remove all those hoses and wiring harnesses...."

I'm a bit more knowledgeable then a shade tree mechanic, but not quite good enough to be a tech. Plus I've got 4 friends that have all built cars, were techs and engineers that have all offered to help when I get stuck....
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Please keep us informed. You were a great help with the HPFP. I'm planning on doing the timing chain this winter. No problems but at what will be 200K+ mileage, I figure its time to do it before something bad happens.
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Does anyone remember what year had the most issues with their chain guides and which guide it was? I always thought it was the late '07 and early '08s that were pretty common around the 80k mark IMSMC.

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This is the one into the turbo, right? The turbo end of the hose is attached to a bracket held on with a screw (maybe two, I forget). Just undo the screw(s) on that bracket and pull/slide it up out of the turbo with the braided hose still attached. Be careful, it's very tight, and there's an O-ring seal that you don't want to damage.

Then just leave the braided hose attached at both ends (to the bracket and the valve cover).
What he said. Did this just today, in fact. Remove one bolt from the clamp and gently pry up around the flange working your way around. There's an o-ring inside that has to be worked out.
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So I got the valve cover off and working on the front now. My chains seem rather tight and the guides I can see appear to be intact. But, what concerns me is that on the intake side of the camshaft, the rear camshaft is very "blued" compared to the others. Is this normal on these engines? Or should I expect some sort of a valve issue down the road?

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So I got the valve cover off and working on the front now. My chains seem rather tight and the guides I can see appear to be intact. But, what concerns me is that on the intake side of the camshaft, the rear camshaft is very "blued" compared to the others. Is this normal on these engines? Or should I expect some sort of a valve issue down the road?
Mine were not "blued" so I am afraid I can not comment there. I had my 2007 GXP timing guide (on main tensioner) fail at 71,800 miles. Seems to be the most common point of failure due to the tensioner.

Mine appeared "tight' as well from just popping the valve cover off, but the noise was clearly the sound of chain dragging on delrin when I fired it up. Once you remove the front cover of the engine you'll see everything you need to. Take your time, it was my first job doing timing, ordered the cloyes kit and things went smoothly.

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So I got the valve cover off and working on the front now. My chains seem rather tight and the guides I can see appear to be intact. But, what concerns me is that on the intake side of the camshaft, the rear camshaft is very "blued" compared to the others. Is this normal on these engines? Or should I expect some sort of a valve issue down the road?
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