Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winfield, IL, USA
First Valve Adjustment - Doubt Creeping In
Some of you know that I broke a stud bolt while tightening a nut on a bearing cap in an attempt to put the camshafts back on and complete my first ever valve adjustment. I'm waiting for a new stud to arrive by mail so I can get on with the project and finish.
Tonight, I had a terrible thought. Do I know for sure that I set the engine at ninety degrees BEFORE top dead center? What I know is that the piston is at the midway point between its high point and low point. But I do not recall specifically that I turned the engine to first have the piston bottom out and then brought it to the halfway point. That leaves a 50% chance that I messed up.
So I don't know for a fact that it's set before top dead center or after top dead center (I guess that's what it's called.)
Current status: two camshafts are off and the chain is zip tied to the sprockets (two zip ties per sprocket.)
How can I verify that the engine is set before TDC before I go and reinstall the camshafts?
If it weren't for the hard way, I wouldn't learn anything at all.
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Last edited by howles; Sep 9th, 2013 at 10:40 pm.