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Car with camshafts removed, what order do the cam caps go in?

I have 8 caps, numbered 1,2,3,4 and 6,7,8,9

What order do they go in?

Currently the Exhaust caps are going 1, 2, 3, 4 from the timing belt end.

I need to get the caps back on, I was tightening the intake caps and heard a fearful cracking noise, so I took the intake caps off again.

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  • b4ui8fastfoo May 22, 2009

    I don't think it was the cam, but I can look again, the only damage I saw was a little scrape on the top of the hollow locating pin, so I assumed it had got hung up and then snapped to the head quickly.

    The cam has a double bearing at the end with the timing sprockets, I am assuming they are "5" and "10".

    The manual is with the car at the moment, the last guy gave up the job because he couldn't get the VCT off of the exhaust cam to do a head gasket, the manual mentions nothing of VCT, or numbers for the cam caps.

    Apparently it was overheating or running hot, with the water disappearing, although the oil was supposed to be fine, no water in it.


  • b4ui8fastfoo May 22, 2009


    I guess I solved it, found this guide: http://www.sportingfords.com/forums/view...

    If you notice there is a number 0 and 5 cap, on the VCT engine there is only 1-4 and 6-9, plus a big cap.

    I guess I will try to tighten the caps again in this order.


  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Great!!! I'll file this one under "stuff I probably should know and may need later". Good luck with it!

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    You need to take a good look at the cam...Cracking noise may have been a cam snapping. Don't have info on what you are doing but have done enough on other engines to know that was not a good sound. (ps what happened to 5?)

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    where is your manual.

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Reverse the order to 1234 on intake with arrows toward the front of the engine

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