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What happens if reinstall the exhaust pushrod

I have a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 5.2L Engine I have removed the valve cover , rockers and pushrods, im not sure if I kept them all in order, what happens if I reinstall the exhaust pushrod where the intake pushrod goes?

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Intate and exhaust push rods are the same size and part numbrer, so nothing will happen, they are both
6.9" overall length

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    yadayada Feb 02, 2010

    if u were building this engine to a blue print as they call it and the push rods are used over, in a perfect world you put them back where they came from, the reason is just in case the push rods are a diff length which in may engines they are, but no this engine..

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Good guide line most important is to make sure the center of the push rods are clean through because this is how the head gets oil.

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