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Hi guys I need some help with the drive shaft for a 97 cavalier z22 2.2engine. I decided I was going to change the timing chain this weekend after hearing a noise for some time and came to the conclusion that this was the cause. The day before I was about to do this I found an oil leak. No problem right? I can repair the leak while I'm doing the timing chain. Now hears the problem theres a seal that's attached to the timing chain pain behind the pully. I've gone every parts place available (over the long weekend) and no one seems to know what this is. One guy suggested that it's part of the oil pan kit but it's not. This thing looks an inner tube off a bike tire......any help would be great. Thanks Brian

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  • mistyfiedang Aug 03, 2010

    thank you for the remove and install, but the problem is the seal... that's attached to the timing chain behind the pully. I don't know what that is. it looks like an inner tube off a bike tire

  • mistyfiedang Aug 03, 2010

    Yes the seal has to be removed (it's the one behind the pully) is it silicone and not a rubber gasket?

    1. When I take the cover off to expose the timing chain there's a rubber gasket horseshoe like then behind the pully which is under the same tray theres a 'u' type rubber gasket or silicone seal..that's the thing that i'm haveing the problem with.

  • mistyfiedang Aug 03, 2010

    not really because the seal is already leaking is there a silicone puddy or something that I can put in there to compensate. the seal is already damaged.

  • mistyfiedang Aug 03, 2010

    ok I'll look into it thank you for all the help and your patience sorry If i ever seemed short. It is in a 'u' shape but has the same coloring and deflated look of a (piece of) bicycle tube. sorry I didn't clarify earlier.

  • mistyfiedang Aug 03, 2010

    lol that's actually a great idea..do you think it will hold up?

  • mistyfiedang Aug 03, 2010

    Thank you so much!!!! I will let you know a. if the bicylce tube does the trick
    or
    b. what the piece actually is if I ever find it. :)

    Thank you again. you save my sanity tonight

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Timing Chain and Gears REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 2.2L Engine Fig. 1: The timing marks on the sprockets should be in alignment. If not, turn the crankshaft until the marks are aligned Hi guys I need some - 91113p63.jpg
Fig. 2: The timing chain tensioner is retained by a Torx head bolt (1) and a regular hex head bolt (2) 91113p58.jpg
Fig. 3: Unfasten the camshaft sprocket bolt 91113p59.jpg
Fig. 4: Remove the camshaft sprocket and the timing chain at the same time . . .Hi guys I need some - 91113p60.jpg"http://i.fixya.net/uploads/images/91113p60.jpg" alt="91113p60.jpg" class="h_mi" />
Fig. 5: . . . then remove Hi guys I need some - 91113p61.jpgr assembly 91113p61.jpg
Fig. 6: Compress the tensioner spring and insert a cotter pin or nail in the holHi guys I need some - 91113p62.jpgo hold the tensioner in position 91113p62.jpg

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the front cover as previously detailed.
  3. Place the No. 1 piston at TDC of the compression stroke so that the marks on the camshaft and crankshaft sprockets are in alignment (see illustration).
  4. Loosen the timing chain tensioner nut as far as possible without actually removing it.
  5. Remove the camshaft sprocket bolts and remove the sprocket and chain together. If the sprocket does not slide from the camshaft easily, a light blow with a soft mallet at the lower edge of the sprocket will dislodge it.
  6. Using a suitable gear puller, remove the crankshaft sprocket. To install:
  7. Press the crankshaft sprocket back onto the crankshaft.
  8. Install the timing chain over the camshaft sprocket and then around the crankshaft sprocket. Make sure that the marks on the two sprockets are in alignment (see illustration). Lubricate the thrust surface with Molykote® or its equivalent.
  9. Align the dowel in the camshaft with the dowel hole in the sprocket and then install the sprocket onto the camshaft. Use the mounting bolts to draw the sprocket onto the camshaft and then tighten to 66–68 ft. lbs. (91–95 Nm).
  10. Lubricate the timing chain with clean engine oil. Tighten the chain tensioner.
  11. Installation of the remaining components is in the reverse order of removal. Fig. 7: Exploded view of the timing chain and sprockets — 2.2L OHV engine 87953107.gif

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    Duane Wong Aug 03, 2010

    Do you have to mess with this seal in order to get the timing chain back together?

    I don't see the seal that was referred to in the pictures of my online resources. But, I could be missing something.

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Aug 03, 2010

    Are you afraid to take it off and not get it back on? Because, if the parts store doesn't have it, then I don't think you should destroy it to take it off. Do you see what I mean?

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Aug 03, 2010

    I don't know what dimensions of the seal would be. You're saying it's a u shape and then you also say that it's like a bicycle innertube. Can you measure dimensions on this seal?



    Is the seal in such bad condition that it's not possible to determine what it's supposed to look like new?



    I usually don't recommend silicone (which is not a puddy) for forming gaskets in engines. I like the vulanized part to trying to lay silicone in, because it doesn't really fit very well and can cause other leakage problems in the future if not done exactly correctly.



    I would keep searching for this mystery seal online. Check some engine rebuilders to see if they know what this is.



  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Aug 03, 2010

    Can you use a bicycle tube of appropriate size and cut it out of one for this 'seal?'

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Aug 03, 2010

    I think that if it looks like a bicycle tube then bicycle tubing is made of vulcanized rubber. So, if you can get the right size in there, that might be a solution.



    If you tried the silicone method, I think that would not work as well as the bicycle tube method.



    But, I must admit I have never come across this particular problem before to be saying one way or the other as far as a solution for this engine. So, I wish you luck in this repair.



  • mistyfiedang Aug 09, 2010

    Hi Duane,
    thanks again. We ended up taking the car into the shop. The tec said that the piece is typically repaired by using silicone, something about being an assempy piece.

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If anything it would come with timing cover. If it's not leaking bad get some black rtv silicone and put a nice bead there just before you reinstall it. First hit it with brake cleaner.

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