Question about 1998 Saturn SL
WHEN CHANGING THE HEAD GASKET DOES THE TIMING CHAIN HAVE TO COME OFF ? HOW DO YOU GET THE PULLIES TO COME OFF ONCE THE BOLT HAS CAME OUT OF IT?
Yes, the chain has to come off. The cam gear that is driven by the chain is mounted on the cam, inside the head, and the crank pulley down at the bottom is what drives it via the chain. The chain has to be removed in order to remove the head.
Usually the pulleys are mounted onto their shafts with a bolt through the center of each pulley. That will have to be loosened and removed (which is much easier if it's loosened before you remove the chain, so that the chain holds the pulley still and keeps it from moving). My question is, why do you need to remove the pulley? Once the chain is off, and everything else is disconnected, the head will lift off with the pulley intact, and the crank pulley doesn't need to come off as it has nothing to do with a head gasket service. Is there another issue that requires the pulley to come off, or are you replacing the head with one whose cam pulley is missing?
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