Move timing cover with the motor still in the car. go behind harmonic balincer
Someone broke a main bolt above the water port changing the water pump.they remed the hole out bigger at the wrong angle , it went into the water port makin a hole they put the wrong bolt back in broke it off. I went to put a new water pump on this car found glue over the hole, found the broken bolt 3 hours tt out. found glue in the hole tried to rethread it, not much luck,got a retainer sleeve in the hole new bolt jb weld in the port hole new pump on, and it leaks. The timing cover behind the water pump is remed bigger at that bolt problem, so was told to put on a new timing cover.As you know space is tight does the cover for the timing go behind the balancer and the other pulley on the left or can i get it off to fix this without removing the motor. Retainer i put in is also pushing th cover out by the bolt hole because its bigger needs to be fixed there so its flat. Leaks behind timing cover there also. Any good Ideas
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Too legal for me to get into - but I'm puzzled by the term "stripped". The cover should be bolted to the side of the engine, and with several small bolts. Unless the bolts that hold the motor mount to the block AROUND the cover were stripped for some reason. It sounds like the motor mount bolts came loose and let the motor drop which would pull the axle out. How they got loose is the question you can't answer. They may have been "not tight" from the factory, or someone may have taken the mount off at some point in time to remove the cover. The liability would fall on the person who caused the bolts to be loose which is another question you can't answer or prove.
I have an '09 Borrego, the oil filter is located on the front of the motor below the harmonic balancer, To access it remove the lower valenca panel under the front behind the bumper. There are 7 bolts holding the panel on, remove all 7 bolts and the panel will drop free. You will see the oil filter housing just above the sway bar and below the harmonic balancer. You can use a 1-1/16" socket and a 6"-12" extension to remove the filter cap. Make sure to get the V-8 filter, it is not the same as the 6 cyl filter.
Check the timing belt to see if it's broken by removing valve cover and upper plastic timing cover. If it's broke at the bottom you might not be able to tell unless someone turns the motor over once and the cam doesn't move. Or you can pull on the belt until it comes out or if it is really loose. Another thing to check is the Main Relay under the dash above your left foot/gas pedal. It's mounted above the cruise control module. You can get in there and tap it while someone is turning the key on to start it. If it starts, you have found your problem. Replace it.