So I am doing a major overhaul on my 96 wagon, and on that note, the intake manifold gaskets are being replaced. While I had the manifold off, I figured I would replace the stock plastic oil pump drive housing with an aluminum unit from Tick Performance. I swapped over the drive gear since I am still on stock cam, and the gear wasn't worn at all.
Getting it back in so I can reinstall the intake manifold is proving to be a giant pain in the rear! I've spent all day today trying to get the dang thing to go back in. This is what I've done to try and get it installed so far:
Turned the pump shaft to align the slot at both 12-6 and 3-9
Drew a Sharpie line on top of the shaft to correlate with the slot below so I could see the alignment
Used 1500 grit sandpaper to make sure the inside of the drive gear and the slot that goes into the pump shaft were clean
Put the assembly in and rotated the crank to try to get the slots to align
Lubricated the drive gear, the housing, and the slot/hole in the drive gear with fresh oil
Put a dial indicator down inside the assembly on top of the shaft to monitor if the shaft started to drop down into place
What am I missing??? Do I need to have someone "wiggle" the assembly up and down while I turn the crank?
Posts : 2329 Join date : 2009-05-28 Location : Huntsville, AL
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