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How To: Cam Synchronizer Replacement

I posted this here because more people will read it and i know if i post it int he how-to's itll never make it soo...

My cam synchro was going bad and squeaking like a mouse, so i decided to replace it today...

1. Unplug and remove the cam synchro stator. The stator is the sensor on top of the synchro held on by two 5.5mm bolts.
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2. Rotate the engine until the cam synchro alignment tool falls in to the top of the cam synchro, this puts the motor at TDC. It doesnt matter if it is TDC on compression or intake.
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3. Remove the 10mm bolt that holds the synchro in to the engone block and remove the synchro
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4. Install the synchro tool onto the new cam synchro and install it in the engine with the arrow facing the rear of the vehicle, the synchro will turn about one "clock" position as it falls in to engage itself in the helical cut cam gear. If it does not go in and seat all the way to the block, try again, you may not be engaged in the oil pump drive.
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5. Tighten down the 10mm bolt that holds the synchro in place and remove the tool.
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6. Install the new cam stator and gently tighten the 5.5mm bolts.
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7. Plug in the sensor wiring.

8. Make random videos with your camera...



Total time from start to finish: under 40 mins

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Looks good Just
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Great tutorial man! I've been reading about changing it out and a lot of people do it without the tool and just use a marker to mark the direction of the old one. But man it looks sooo much easier if you just use the tool, did you buy it locally or find it online?


Also it should be said that you can find the Motocraft brand synchro on Rockauto's website for like $85.00 if I remember correctly, that's the cheapest I've found.
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I paid $73.45 for the synchro and $58.19 for the stator, oh wait, i work at the dealer lol nvm.

the tool can be aquired with a Dorman synchro, they let me borrow it from the local Glendale auto supply, just buy one, use it and return it lol.
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Nice writeup!
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Great write up for all us noobs out there! Thanks for taking the time to do it!
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nice write up. my syncro cost me 175 at the stealership
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Looks good Justin! The second video doesn't do your exhaust justice at all....but it does show that the DS tailpipe flows more.
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yeah, im not sure why the drivers side flows more, i think when the backyard mullet y-pipe was made, the pipe is stuck too far into the passenger side pipe. oh well, itll be changed in the next few weeks i do beleive
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Haha. I look forward to hearing the new one when it goes on.
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My truck is having the same problem now, I cant seem to find the synchro on my engine where is it exactly, and do i have to remove anything to get to it?
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Nvrmnd I found it. bought the synchro and stator from a ford dealership, found out that one dealer charges more than the others. Got the stupid tool and when i took off the stator found out that my truck was already at TDC, what luck right. took me bout 45 minutes.
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Great tutorial, thanks!
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I have a 1999 Ford Ranger with a 4.0 and I cannot get the synchronizer to come out. It is loose and comes up but it doesn't seem like I have clearance to totally remove it. Am I going to have to remove the heads in order to get this part off?
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I have a 2004 Ford Ranger 3.0 and after I changed the Camshaft Synchronizer, (by the way of Toreador4x4 ) the valves were ticking louder than normal, like right before the Camshaft synchronizer went out. Will this ticking go away, or am I off a tooth? Plenty of oil, and radiator fluid. Thanks in advance. I don't want to run the engine too long if its wrong.
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