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Doing a timing chain and vct on right bank nearest

04 Nissan Murano
Doing a timing chain and vct on right bank nearest to fire wall. I need to remove 2nd oil pan (large pan) as i've got it loose. The problem I'm having is the transfer case is preventing it from coming down, the dealer said the transfer case must be removed. I have removed 8 t/case bolts (after draining oil and removing intermediate shaft)but the t/case is still tight. Am I missing bolts to be removed? or is it just on dowels ?

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    Cannot remove the plastic piece after cutting the chain. How do I get it out. It looks like it should fall out because it is loose

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Removed all bolts on cover, oil pan , damper but cover will not come off.

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You do not need to remove the upper oil pan. There are 2 bolts that go through the oil pan into the front cover that has to be removed. You do not need to remove the transfer case to remove the front timing cover. After you have the bolts under the front cover that go through that lower oil pan, and the bolts all around the timing cover off, just work the cover slowly till it pops free.

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