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5.8 Timing chain loose or not..?? 

 

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 Post subject: 5.8 Timing chain loose or not..??
Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:02 pm 
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Im just wondering if there is a way to tell if the timing chain is loose without taking too much apart on an 81 model motor..??
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 Post subject: Re: 5.8 Timing chain loose or not..??
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:00 am 
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If you mean a stretched chain. If it's the original 1981 chain? You can guarantee its stretched. Most likely the cam and lifters are also f**k.
One thing you can do is remove the dizzy cap and put a socket on the crank bolt and turn slightly in either direction whilst watching the rotor. If there a noticeable delay in the direction change of the rotor it's a bit of a give away. You can also pull the fuel pump off and actually see the slack in the chain.r
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