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Old 09-17-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Trying to remove exhaust cam sproket no-go

I'm doing my timing chains (bad tensioner but replacing everything while i'm in there) I was able to remove the intake cam sproket by holding the camshaft with a wrench but I'm having trouble removing the exhaust cam sproket what is the trick?
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:35 PM   #2
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A cheater bar might help. I'm showing it's torqued to about 128 ftlbs.
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:50 PM   #3
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Oh and I was using a crescent wrench on the shaft because 22mm was too small and 24mm was too big but the crescent has enough give that it keeps slipping off the shaft. I tried the cheater bar and smacking a socket drive with a hammer while a friend held the crecscent wrench on the shaft but neither way works that b**** will not come lose. Is there any special tools for this job?
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Soak it in PB Blaster and wait 24 hrs. I'll look again, but hopefully it's not reverse threaded. I don't see them very much...
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Thanks I'll try it and see if that helps. Maybe I will call the dealer and talk to a tech tomorrow
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Looks like you gotta double wrench them..If they aren't broke, might want to think again about changing them.

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:02 AM   #7
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In case someone else has the same problem here's the solution I've come up with. Use a 24 mm wrench and turn the exhaust cam towards the front of the car just a little, you want the cam to try to turn back. This is going to put tension on the wrench so you can put a chain on the wrench and then wrap that chain around metal support in the front of the engine bay. A couple of bolts can be used to secure the chain to itself. Use a cloth or towel to keep from scratching your car. Then take an 18" breaker bar and a good 17mm socket to the exhaust cam bolt.

Also, if you need to suspend your engine with a 3 point engine support I found that the crossmember engine mounts are the best place to attach the supports. Use a jack to hold the engine in place when the crossmember is being removed and then slip the crossmember/engine bolts back in place. On the back engine support there's a metal guard that keeps dirt from the engine support, I just wrapped a towel around the chain to keep it from damaging the guard.

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:11 AM   #8
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