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    1997 god dang $%#&* truck. Merry Christmas

    It has never let me down........................ I love my Explorer......I have not had any troubles since swapping out my 4Liter SOHC. I love my Explorer now more than the day I bought her! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!
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    Sick to my stomache LOL

    Driving around for awhile now no problems and no more lights, very strange!
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    Sick to my stomache LOL

    I forced her to take another 400 mile trip yesterday. 190 miles in, almost at the destination and the O/D light was blinking. When I reached where I was going I disconnected my battery and it sat like that all day. The return home was no trouble. Smooth shifting, low RPM and no light. I'm on...
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    Sick to my stomache LOL

    It's been fine around town. I live 10 miles outside of town, trips in and out and around have been fine. Can I ask how to reset the PCM ? :scratch:
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    Sick to my stomache LOL

    Right after I install a new engine LOL, Murphy is alive and well. After doing a bunch of reading I'm unsure of my next move. I have no slipping issues, I have no 2nd to 3rd gear issues but I do have a flashing O/D light. On my way for a LONG trip, 150 miles in I notice a flashing O/D...
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    1997 Explorer Oil Filter Remote Mount

    I can't help you with your current search but I can send you a good used stock filter mount if you so desire! My 97 filter has a clear path!
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    :thumbsup: I HAVE MY EXPLORER BACK :D Final thoughts now that it's done, it wasn't really that bad! If I was asked to rate the job out of 10, 10 being the hardest, I would have to say it was a 5. Ford did a really good job of making a difficult job easy! Did I mention I have my truck...
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    I picked up the new to me engine this morning. I spent the day tearing it down. I removed everything including the lower intake manifold, exhaust manifolds and wiring harness. I cleaned it all up and ventured inside the engine. I removed the right valve cover and boy was I impressed, prestine...
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    600.00 bucks is the asking price! Engine is out of the vehicle already! I am told mine had the chains done :(
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    It is an E type engine, same year as mine 1997. 100% of the compressed air was coming straight through the intake and out the exhaust! Used engine comes with a warranty from the wreckers! Compression test , 150Lbs all the way around. Basically the used engine puts me back on the trail I was...
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    conclusion: all three cylinders on the right side are dead. Cylinder leak test showed all 6 valves are bent or broken etc. I'm thinking the best route for my explorer is the used engine. I guess I'd be a fool to not replace the guides before installing the new engine?
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    I am struggling with what to do. With 160,000 miles on this engine I was shocked to see no sludge. I have maintained it very well. Looking at the amount of metal in the oil and filter is a large concern. By the time I buy the head gaskets, bolts, guides and pay the machine shop......... plus. I...
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    I'm just going over the day, it does sound like the valves aren't seating causing the rockers to be loose! It may have skipped more than a few teeth LOL! We'll see what tomorrow brings!
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    Thanks for the reply. I was back it at today and managed to sucessfully remove the engine. Update: What a mess, with the engine out and leveled I was able to remove the front pulley and front case. Looks like every tensioner accept one (large block on the right looking at the crank) is in...
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    Tire size, Ive read all the posts.

    I'm running 31 10.50 15's on my 97 on the stock rims. They look a little more aggressive than the pic above. I love the look!
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    Thanks for links! I'm stuck, the job has been going along well. Ford actually did a great job of making a lot of stuff easy to deal with but, there is one bell housing bolt I can not reach. I have successfully wasted 2 hours trying to get it; it is the last bolt before pulling the engine...
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    Thanks, I sure appreciate this help. I have been quoted $180.00 bucks for a rebuild kit for the rear assembly. It sounds high compared to the prices you list! I'll do some more checking around! Thanks again!
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    Confirmed, it's the right chain. The back of the valve cover exploded when it let it go, I can see the chain! Good news is the engine is almost out already! Once on the stand I'll see what I can see. My best approach I guess would be to buy the parts and do a compression test and see what I...
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    I assumed given the area of the engine noise that it was the left chain; I now know different. If the right chain slipped I'm sure it will still have to come out unless I'm really lucky and it's in the front which I doubt. I'll pop the covers and confirm its the rear chain. I was really just...
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    Latest news I have the front of the engine torn down, all that's left is to pull the pulley and the cover. My wife came in today to see our baby, she's not happy! While she was there I said lets find TDC on #1. Bottom line, I have 0 compression on the right bank and 150 Lbs on the left...
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    I appreciate the replies and pictures. Thanks!
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    I'm almost ready to start pulling the front cover, everything else is off and out of the way. I am hoping to replace the left side chain assembly only! I have yet to inspect the right side!
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    1997 4L SOHC chain replacement

    Spring has sprung and I need my truck. I have read as much as I can read and I'm going for it. If I understand everything correctly it isn't going to be too bad. I am fortunate that the right side is ok so I can set #1 on compression and go from there. It seems to me that the whole works can be...
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    1997 4L Chain snapped

    It was dieseling for quite awhile before it went. I have not taken it apart but I'm sure it was a chain, I don't think anything else could make the noise it made. It was a front chain. I'm so upset about it I have not started on the repair!
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    1997 4L Chain snapped

    How dissapointing is this, my timing chain (one in the front) snapped after I seriously abused it by continuing to drive! Am I pretty much guaranteed to have some bent valves? I'm so upset, I love this truck!
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