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I have a 96 pontiac grand am the push rods got mixed up when i replace the intake gasket no i bought new rods I dont know the order that they go in

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Stand all rods up on a table top, there should be 6 short and 6 long, the short rods go to the intake valves and the long rods go to the exhaust valves.not sure which is the intake and exhaust then with the intake off look into the intake holes if you can see the valve in there then that is the intake valve.

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short - long - short - long - long - short

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