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2001 XLT 4.0 SOHC - nylon rod from cylinder head?

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Old 09-17-2006, 08:11 PM   #1
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2001 XLT 4.0 SOHC - nylon rod from cylinder head?

I recently had the heads conditioned after a head gasket blew. I have an í01 explorer with the lovely 4.0 SOHC engine. When I opened the baggy of lash adjusters from the shop there was this part in the bag. It's made of nylon I believe, about ľĒ thick and 5-1/8Ē long, It tapers approx. 3/4" in from each end down to 1/8Ē. I donít remember this part when I pulled the heads off the engine. I called the mechanic that rebuilt the heads and he said that it fell out of one of the heads when he had them on his bench. Iíve checked my Haynes manual, Iíve looked at the blow-up diagram at the dealerís parts counter. Iíve tried to talk to a Ford service mechanic but I canít get past the service counter. According to them it takes up too much of their precious time.

Does anyone know what the part is and where it is supposed to install?? Iím at a loss...... I'm afraid I don't know how to post a picture of it. I can email it to you though.

THANKS! Greg
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Old 09-18-2006, 08:18 AM   #2
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Sounds like a cam chain guide, maybe?

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Old 09-18-2006, 12:48 PM   #3
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That is an oil return restrictor used with the newer tall tensioner from the 00m12 TSB. It goes in the oil gallery behind the pipe plug on the drivers side head.

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Old 09-18-2006, 10:01 PM   #4
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2001 XLT 4.0 SOHC - nylon rod from cylinder head?

Scucci, You are right! The machine shop mechanic put the pipe plug back on without the restrictor inside. No wonder I couldn't figure it out. Thanks! This forum is great!
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