I ordered a new Motorcraft cam sync online. By the time it arrived, it had fallen out of the Motorcraft box and into the main box.
I noticed when inspecting it that there seems to be a tiny bit of play in the shaft. Is this okay or normal? The gear isn't moving on the shaft, it's the entire shaft assembly moving in the aluminum housing. It's less than 1mm of play, but enough for me to notice. I figured the hold down clamp would keep everything from moving once installed, but considering what's at stake, I decided to ask.
Here is a video where you can hear the play in the shaft (the clicking noise). You can't see much...
Also, I bought this online from a Ford dealer many states away (their price was $80, vs. $140 or so locally for Motorcraft). Could I exchange this through a local dealer to get a sync without play, or will I probably be SOL and have to fork over $140? I'm trying to get this fixed tomorrow. The truck sounds horrible and I need this fixed ASAP.