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Old 07-02-2013, 04:29 PM
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Recommending an engine for rocker arms is like saying to replace your door for a dirty window. IF at max, the studs the rockers sit on were somehow stripped, the studs can be replaced. If for some reason it can't be replaced, you can replace the head. Please NEVER take your vehicle to that other mechanic again. If he's willing to try to make you spend 6000 for a rocker, you need to avoid him forever.
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:51 PM
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Update.

Brought the truck back home, and after a ton of errands went at putting the rocker arms back on. First one on #2 cylinder was a piece of cake. The one on #8 cylinder, not so much. After cursing and fighting, I remembered my mechanic saying to make sure the lobe was up - I'm guessing he means the oblong part on the shaft - and indeed it was down. I started the truck for a half second, and the shaft rotated enough that I can get the rocker arm positioned to snap it back in place. Problem is that it is the LAST rocker arm on the engine, I'm 5'8" and I'm already on a stepladder to get to the F***ing engine!
Anyone got any tips on this last "SNAP" - I don't have any leverage, or real visibility to get this done and I'm knocking off for the night, since my next step is to kick something that will invariably wind up being expensive.
I've got pads that I lay in the engine to lay on, and it helps, but how the heck do you work in this thing? I'm short, and my arms aren't anything to make Ah-nold jealous, but I just don't seem to fit in this thing.

Help a wide midget out, please?
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Success!

I would up using a spade drill bit to put the point into the hole on the rocker arm and was able to get it to snap into place.
Got the engine buttoned up and took a quick test drive. Quiet, power, no check engine light, let alone a flashing one (I disconnected the battery, so it may come back on, but here's hoping).
Got home, and it was pretty smoky. I figured that running the engine a couple times to get the lobe up splashed some oil around. I put some cardboard down and immediately saw 3 drips hit the board. Uh-oh. Eff it, I'm quitting for the night.
Put my son to sleep, and it dawned on me that I never reconnected the engine oil filler hose. D'OH!!!! Went back out (about two hours later) and there wasn't much more oil on the cardboard.
I'm hoping that the reason the engine was smoky was because of the oil filler line - makes sense, don't it? If I hadn't tightened everything, I'm guessing I'd have a bigger oil puddle on the cardboard, right?
I feel good - having a drink to celebrate! Even if I'm dripping a little oil, that's an easy fix - getting the truck to be able to merge in oncoming traffic and stop sounding like a billygoat eating a tin can of beans - that was the trick.
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Nice! Good to hear you got the major issue fixed on your own.
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Yeah...that didn't last long. Just as well I messed up and have smoke pouring out - sounds and feels like the rockers fell off again.
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Might aswell replace the lifters while your doing all that oh and btw your going to need a special tool to do this job to prevent damage to the camshaft(s) depending if you replace parts on both sides.
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Sounds like you need to replace the lash adjusters.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:51 PM
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I was getting my kid's ball from under the truck and noticed when I hit my head on the catalytic converter, it was loose.

Could this be the source of my problems?
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