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I have a 98 dodge intrepid 2.7L and i had a guy come over to help me replace the water pump and timing chain. after we took the timing chain off and replaced the water pump i noticed that he rotated the camshaft sprockets individually. it was rotating hard with a pop and clank type noise. i told him to stop and to leave. i got the new chain back on with all the marks on the chain and sprockets lined up according to the manual but now my question is "is there valve damage done since the sprockets were moved individually??? and if so how do i check??? please i need help so bad with this issue

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If he just turned the cams over by hand then i doubt that he damaged anything as if a valve was open when the piston came to top dead center then it would have stopped moving.the noise isn`t uncommon because the valves springs will make some noise as they are compressed and the rockers will make some noise as they move against the cam lobe and and the valves will make some noise as the valve spring forces the valve shut.if when you aligned the cam marks and they didn`t hit the pistons and stopped you from moving the cams and all timing marks are aligned then you should be okay to start the motor.

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  • studlyboyd Apr 08, 2011

    that was extremely helpful. sounds like good news. the only other question i have is do the secondary timing chains on the 2 camshafts have to be aligned with the primary timing chain in some way??? all the marks on the primary timing chain and the sprockets are all lined up EXACTLY according to the manual but there is marks on the camshafts that are not lined up....does it matter what position the timing marks are in on the camshaft compared to the marks on the primary timing chain.... if that makes sense. trying to word it right sorry

  • robert wales Apr 08, 2011

    from what i can remember no as long as you follow the manual as instructed you should be alright.before you put the cover back on turn the engine over by hand and recheck ALL the timing marks one more should be able to turn the motor over without hitting anything to stop you from turning it over.



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