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I can't believe how many components on newer engines are made of plastic. I know there are certain things that are better in plastic than metal, but I guess it comes down to production price.
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Ok here's the progress...
Timing first...Put the balancer on TDC and be sure your on the compression stroke for #1 cylinder.(can't see the mark very well in my pic but it's there)
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Next you can verify TDC on the good side by using a straight edge. I use a allen wrench that fits snug in the slot. I got 1 5/16 on both sides of the cam indicating it's parallel with the valve cover surface.
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before I pulled the motor I was messing with the slack in the chain on the bad side and it jumped a tooth...twice. This indicates how far off it is, the slot should be parallel because it's at TDC.
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Next I replaced the guide and tensioner. Don't worry about setting the timing yet, just get everything in position without tightening the sprocket all the way.
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before I set the timing...
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I set the timing with my allen wrench and ruler then torqued the sprocket bolt down making sure the tensioner was holding the slack out of the chain.
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Next I reinstalled the valve covers, installed new plugs and cleaned the intake surfaces. Then I dropped it back in. Reinstalling the engine is one of the worse parts of the job. You have to line up the trans and convertor bolts when installing it which requires multiple trips from the top to the bottom of the engine...
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Damn your fast!!!


(thats what she said)
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lol actually I am just crazy. It drives me crazy if something needs done...
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I would kill for that type of motivation. If you ever did a 5.0 swap I bet it would be the fastest swap on record haha!

That 4.0 was in way worse condition than the 2004. Looks like you did good work on it!!

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It's got 147,000 on it.
Thatttttts a deal killer haha. Specially with those auto trannies.

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I suspect the trans has been worked on before. I never seen a stock convertor that was painted before and this one is black.
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I suspect the trans has been worked on before. I never seen a stock convertor that was painted before and this one is black.
I suspect your right.
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It wouldn't be an explorer if it didn't have tranny work done at some point!

They aren't called Exploders for nothin'
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I agree but we have never had any issues with the trans...knocking on wood...
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That's cause someone else already did HAHA
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lol your probably right...
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Done! I haven't test drove it yet but it's all back together and no rattles! Now just a few minor things to do...
Test drive
Needs new hood shocks(hood won't stay up on it's own)
Clean the engine compartment
Noticed a broken sway bar link while I was under there...
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youve done the hardest bit. sway bar link 5 minutes. hood 10 minutes. cleaning an hour then sell that sucker
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Yeah I must say I'm glad it's done, my back needs a break...lol
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Looks good man, may be interested in picking this up.
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Thanks, Let me know soon if your interested in looking at it. I want to get it up for sale pretty quick.
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Trade you a 98 ranger, a high five and a cookie for it!! lol
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I hope it's a chocolate chip!
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I have 12 cases of chocolate chip cookies in my freezer at work if thats all it take
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Lemme know the asking price, and we'll go from there
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Well I haven't nailed down a price yet but here' the Kelly Blue Books fair-4530 good-5280 and excellent- 5755 I would consider it good to excellent but not perfect as far as condition. If you want to look at it and make an offer I'm ok with that.
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Okay, ill get back too you, im working on sorting stuff out from my accident. Dont wait on me though
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Okay, ill get back too you, im working on sorting stuff out from my accident. Dont wait on me though
My offer still stands!! lol
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Ok Josh let me know...

Mike I'm still considering my options but I'll keep yours in mind...lol
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Well I have all the little details taken care of and took it for a little ride this evening. She ran good. I did notice the idler pulley making some noise so I swapped it out. I'm going to drive it to work tomorrow and see how it does. If everything seems good I will have it up for sale this weekend.
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