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Old 04-27-2016, 11:24 AM   #15
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Thanks alot guys you guys are awesome

Im going to tear down the motor and ill take pics of the timing

And hopefully we can see if the timing is okay or if its skipped a tooth
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:25 AM   #16
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A thread I wanted to post last night but couldn't because of the storms. Its from a cadillac forum:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...d-fully-6.html
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:28 AM   #17
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:13 PM   #18
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You should be able to tell if it's in time by setting the marks on the crank and looking at the back of the cams. They should have the flat spots on top to fit the special tools in whatever "phase" they need to be in.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:22 AM   #19
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Would you guys pay a shop $1100 to do the chains or would you do it yourself? I pick up the chains at 5

lol I know its an odd question but im here debating. Im comfortable taking apart the motor, its just ensuring the timing is right that im nervous about only because I don't think I am understanding exactly how to be sure the timing is correct
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:12 PM   #20
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Would you guys pay a shop $1100 to do the chains or would you do it yourself? I pick up the chains at 5

lol I know its an odd question but im here debating. Im comfortable taking apart the motor, its just ensuring the timing is right that im nervous about only because I don't think I am understanding exactly how to be sure the timing is correct

I would attempt it myself. I have been reading your thread, and many others, over the years, capturing all the info I can. Along with I have the PDF files for the Manuals. ( I had planned to send them your way too, but saw that Magnum beat me to the punch). I don't trust to many people to work on my Camaro. And I always say, if man put it together, than I can take it apart and do it too. Might not fully understand everything, but will attempt it if and when that day come. Plust while the valve covers are off, good time to remove the insulator and paint them to a color of choice.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:52 PM   #21
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I have set several 3.6L timing chains, but I am a GM tech and have all the tools I need to do it. Having said that, it is POSSIBLE to do if you use the manual and follow it exactly. Its a difficult read and sometimes it takes a bit of understanding what they mean and not what they say. If you can buy the cam locking tools I would highly suggest getting them as they make the "guess work" much less. It's a nerve racking engine to put chains on because there is no rotation checking your work. You could read/interpret a step incorrectly and put them on wrong, but it would take a pretty severe mistake to cause damage, typically you'll only be slightly off. It will run without damaging anything if you are off a tooth but will set a check engine light. Good luck and take your time.
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:20 PM   #22
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I have set several 3.6L timing chains, but I am a GM tech and have all the tools I need to do it. Having said that, it is POSSIBLE to do if you use the manual and follow it exactly. Its a difficult read and sometimes it takes a bit of understanding what they mean and not what they say. If you can buy the cam locking tools I would highly suggest getting them as they make the "guess work" much less. It's a nerve racking engine to put chains on because there is no rotation checking your work. You could read/interpret a step incorrectly and put them on wrong, but it would take a pretty severe mistake to cause damage, typically you'll only be slightly off. It will run without damaging anything if you are off a tooth but will set a check engine light. Good luck and take your time.
PieNsky did this himself. Wonder if he had easier instructions.
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Old 05-01-2016, 03:29 PM   #23
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I found the manual really tough to read
It just keeps saying refer to this refer to that
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Old 03-01-2019, 09:35 PM   #24
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Can anybody send me the workers manual finally got my mace cams and want fo install them myself to save some extra cash!
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:16 AM   #25
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Watch his videos , they are close enough that you can use them. I would pay $1100 myself.
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:30 PM   #26
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Getting ready to do the job next weekend. Do you all recommend changing the Camshaft Actuator Solenoids or water pump?
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:31 PM   #27
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vvt solenoids at a bare minimum, actuators/phasers your call. oil pump is right there and id do that over the water pump considering oil issues kill these engines
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:37 PM   #28
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Cloyes has a great video. Watch it several times before you start as some of the timing is tricky:





And of course, to avoid failure in the future ONLY use full synthetic oil, and make sure it is not the super thin viscosity the owners manual states. A 0w40-50 is best on all GDI engines. A 5w50 is also good. And of course, install our E2-X catchcan system with cleanside to keep that oil clean as possible, and while you have the intake manifold off, search for the intake valve cleaning threads on here and do the same. You wont believe the difference it makes to get 15-20 HP back.


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