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My 96 cutlass ciera, 3.1 engine was over heating. We tore the engine apart and replaced all the gaskets which fixed the problem. The 12 push rods are the new problem. We removed them and cleaned them and they got mixed up. Bought the manual and it says to keep them in their original position. I noticed there are 2 different sizes. Can you help me by telling me which order they are supposed to be put back in?

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    Thank you so much, that helped the problem.

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The shorter push rods are for the intake valve and the longer push rods are for the exhaust valve.
Looking at the installed valve springs on the head, the taller springs are the intake valves and use the shorter push rods.
Since they're mixed up there's no way you'll be able to intall them in the same order, but as long as there is no excessive wear on the ends of the push rods you shouldn't have any issues by installing them in a random order.

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