- January 20, 2005
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- City, State
- Lincoln Park MI
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 1998 Explorer Sport 2dr.
It's good to know that there are some kit part numbers. I'll check on those prices also. I chose to leave my crank and jackshaft gears, they are steel slow wearing items, and new parts were special order and not cheap.
BTW, have you got yours running, I gather you have a new crank gear? My only mistake was not critical, but very troublesome, I accidently flipped my crank gear when I had to retime my balance shaft. You can see it as wrongly installed in the picture above, see the tiny dots/dimples on the front of the gear. The crank gear has a flat side with the dimples, and the front side has a concave area, which the balancer fits into.
My balancer didn't seem to line up with the other pulleys, I R&R'd the balancer and didn't think of the crank gear being different front to back. I got it running much much later, and it ran fine, though the belt rode up on the back edge of the balancer pulley. It took me a day to decide to pull the front back apart to figure it out. I had been to see Ford mechanics three times with no good ideas, the fourth time someone heard my plight and had done the same thing. Evidently it is very rare to find someone who has made this mistake, and pictures in shop manuals showed nothing, plus no reference to orientation of the gear. I had to retime the engine after flipping the gear, so I have done the job twice basically.
Hopefully you didn't do the same thing, it seems really simple to keep track of, but I forgot. We live and learn. Regards,
Lol, not as rare as you may think. I did the same thing. Funny thing is, the directions that come with the kit has a diagram so you don't do that! LOL, that is why I put in bold or caps print to follow the directions, I wasn't ready to tell about my reversal of the gear. So, rest assured, you are not the only one to have done this. The frustrating thing is all of the disassembly that must take place once you realize the harmonic balancer will not seat on the crank properly.
I do have it running, I have almost 700 miles since the initial start up. The motor purrs like a kitten, and if I had Lake pipes, I'd be singing the Beach Boys. Seriously though, I purchased this Ex at an auction about two years ago with 109,000 miles on it. Now that I have done the chains, it has never run quieter or better. The oil will be changed sometime this week, and I have a new lower oil pan to install. The original is very rusty and has a dent in the round part that extends down, I had a little issue with my hoist when I was taking the engine off the motor stand, ouch, resulting in an order for a new pan. The original is holding up, but, anyone who crawls under will question how it(the dent) got there I'm sure.