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Discussion Starter · #82 · (Edited)
Duh, I looked into the service manual, and funny, they tell you where to put the RTV (Sealant AMV 174 004 01)

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Bearing cap installation too...after the chain is on the cams, at 16 links with the CCT in between...


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Install bearing caps
  • Install bearing caps - 2 - and - 4 - for both camshafts according to markings.
  • Intake camshaft: Casting marks point toward drive chain
  • Exhaust camshaft: Casting marks point toward exhaust manifold side
  • Fasten caps alternating diagonally and then tighten them to 10 Nm (pay attention to alignment pins).
  • Install both bearing caps - 1 - on chain sprockets of intake and exhaust camshafts.
  • Remove bracket tool for chain adjustment 3366.
  • Check whether camshafts are correctly adjusted:

So that both markings line up, turn camshaft slightly back or forth if necessary. The ‘turn back’ part was interesting.

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Only then:

  • Install bearing caps - 0 -, - 3 - and - 5 - and tighten to 10 Nm (pay attention to alignment pins).
  • Tighten camshaft adjuster - arrow - to 10 Nm (pay attention to alignment pin).
 

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Discussion Starter · #83 ·
Lost images somehow - I’ll update in a bit
 

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Going ahead with advice to remove oil pan... afraid to find out how much RTV is INSIDE the pan floating around and gumming up the oil uptake

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Ok, first pleasant surprise- doesn’t look too bad??

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Well that's good.
No visible fractures on lower pan either. At least from the picture. Kinda crusty on the bottom side of that upper oil pan.
I'd cleanup the lower pan, slap it back on and give that engine a serious Sea-Foam treatment or two. You should be ready to go then.
 

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Discussion Starter · #88 ·
Commence reconstruction.. this is as fas as I’ll clean it manually

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That’s a mighty clean undercarriage ya got there, bud.


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That’s a mighty clean undercarriage ya got there, bud.


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It’ll get better with a few more oil changes. I’m not one for additives - just natural clean oil with many changes
 
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before you button the top end(s) up post pic, best possible of cams and chain relationship, a good pic will tell all the viewers if 16 links is confirmed. I am sure you have seen the Ross-Tech illustration as well. Looking real good !!!! Real Good !!
 

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1: A thin film will not hurt, but not needed.
2: Yes.
3: Only on the ends.
4: Yes on the ends, no oil or sealant around the cap.
5: No
6: Yes

I hope your self-esteem has improved now :p
 

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Discussion Starter · #93 ·
I did fish out some old (and really old - perhaps original red sealant) silicone from the oil pickup with a skinny pipe cleaner.

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Discussion Starter · #94 · (Edited)
FCP does fulfill their warranty promise - my new tool:

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and finally got the shoes in:

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and picked up non-chlorinated brake cleaner for half price today!

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Ladies & Gentlemen, it’s assembly time!
 
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Discussion Starter · #95 ·
Put up the lower oil pan - but I remember reading that for RTV, you finger tighten ( about half torque, and then after an hour, torque it up to spec... correct?
 

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Discussion Starter · #96 · (Edited)
Bloody double hockey-sticks, those new shoes are hard to get on!!

now I’ve got a predicament- which is bank one and which is for bank 2... let me see if I can tell from pics...

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got it... 087 C is bank 2
 

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078 109 088 BANK 1
078 109 087 BANK 2
 
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Discussion Starter · #98 ·
Ok, how do you get the cams to sit in the head properly? How do you install a cam? The cam followers push up on the cam so it can’t sit properly. Do you have to push down on the cam to push in the followers? Cam you use the bearing caps to ‘pull’ the cam into its seat?

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I think I got it. In the repair manual, it said to install the cam off TDC - then rotate back to set the cam followers properly
 

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I usually use the "cam caps" to draw the camshaft down. But...
You have to work your way back and forth on the camshaft so you don't bend it.
With all of the screws finger tight, start at one end of the camshaft, working towards the other end, turn all of the screw like 2 turns. Repeat process until camshaft is fully seated.

Before you go any further. Make sure you've got some lithium grease or at the very least copious amounts of clean engine oil around all the cam bearing journals.
 
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