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Old 30 Nov 2017, 08:47 pm
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Default A happy, healthy engine

So, broad question, I know. A while back, in a failed attempt at replacing my valve cover gasket, i took my engine down to the cams. To my untrained eye, everything looked healthy. Does anyone else see any trouble signs/early wear? 151K
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Old 30 Nov 2017, 09:03 pm
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It's hard to tell in that photo. Inspect the lobes on the camshafts. On the worn ones, there will be wear and pitting from rubbing the rocker roller. And even if there is, it doesn't mean too much.

Also, the first thing to check on a high mileage PT engine is the timing belt. You can remove the top plastic dust cover and then rotate the engine until you can see the timing belt label. If it's a Gates/Mopar belt, then it might be original or it might be an OEM replacement. But if it's got an aftermarket label, then you will know the belt has at least been changed once since it was new. There will always be risk riding on a timing belt with over 100,000 miles on it. They fail fairly often over this.
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Old 30 Nov 2017, 09:04 pm
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Thanks!

I was told it was changed at 120k, in which case I'll leave it alone for a while. Next time i'm digging around, I'll take off the timing cover again, now that I know what to look for. Thanks!


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