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Old 15 Feb 2014, 02:13 am
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Default Cam Gear Holder Tool

Quick,easy and cheap CAM GEAR holder. I needed something to hold the cam gear when removing and while tightening the cam bolts
with the torque wrench. This is what I came up with and used on several 2.0 Neons and my Pt Cruiser 2.4

I used a garage door closer bar that had predrilled 5/16 inch holes, 1 inch apart center to center.
The 1/4 inch thick bar is 1 inch wide and 2 feet long.
I used 5/16 inch stove bolts 2 1/2 inches long with 4 nuts to secure the bolt to the bar.
There is about 1 9/16 inch of the stove bolt that goes through the cam gear with a bit of the very top of the stove bolt head ground off
for clearance between the back edge of the cam gear and head, the stove bolt head hooks on the back side of the cam gear
so it doesn't slip off or twist while torqueing the cam bolt.
I've included pictures. Click on the picture for larger pictures.

Any questions? Thanks for a great wealth of information. Also works good as a back scratcher or STINK BUG smasher.

There is also a hole at the handle end to hang it up when its not being used.

Hope this might help a few members in their rebuilding and and performing their 100,000 mile timing maintenance.

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Old 15 Feb 2014, 05:05 am
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Joe; nice pics, especially the straight-on shot of the cam sprockets. If it comes to that point, I'll build one from wood [oak flooring?] with a hole large enough in the middle [and between the bolt holes] to fit a socket into. Just another option.

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Old 15 Feb 2014, 07:27 pm
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I did something similar when I had to remove the cam gears on mine to replace the plastic cover. I just used a piece of flat stock about 2 feet long and drilled a couple holes in it and then slid a couple bolts through the holes. It worked just fine, not quite as elegant as your tool but did the job.

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