The Last Airbender
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So i pulled the pan today to inspect for Metal particles, and there was a little bit but not enough to alarm me. (first time I've dropped the pan since owning it). I remember reading somewhere a little bit of bearing wear is normal for a motor. (could be wrong though)
I Dropped the balancer also to check the condition of the Rods and all of the rods felt tight, no play. I'm leaning towards possibly my oil pump is bad, or pressure relief valve is stuck. I am about to drop the pressure relief valve and polish the tubing and re-install it.
By the way... The relief Valve is a PITA to reinstall while on the vehicle. I recommend using a Torx screw driver that fits just inside of the hole on the flat washer that holds the spring in place.. (Goes in order outside to inside ; C clip, Washer, Spring, Plunger). Place the C Clip, around the screw driver shaft first, then place the washer on the top. Put the spring on the washer, and get something thats about 2" thick to jam between the sub-frame and the screw driver (enough so you can see where the C Clip is supposed to sit --- the groove). Once you can see the groove and its jammed in place, let go of the screw driver and use your C-Clip Pliers and compress and install it. I found this is the best and most effective way to do this.
Also, the plunger seemed to be stuck at the top of the hole. From reading the manual, It says its supposed to fall under its own pressure. It did not. I did clean/polish the shaft though so I am hoping that its enough.
Cleaned it up and reinstalled everything and still have low oil pressure. I am going to try to install a new oil pump and see if that helps. If that doesn't help, Last ditch effort will be to remove the oil filter relief valve (Where the filter screws onto) and try to clean it out. If that doesn't work, Im going to drop the pan down again and run plastigage on the Crankshaft and see if the bearings are in-fact out of spec. I don't think they are because there was no play but it will be the only thing I haven't done that I can think of.
I also removed the Balancer shafts because the thrust clearance was out of spec and I didnt want the balance shafts to Seize and snap a connecting rod. I tapped the oil hole and ran a bolt inside with High-temp silicone half way down the shank, and put some lock tight at the very tip of the bolt.
i was reading through the forum, and noticed that people weren't sure how many oil holes there were to plug. I have found that there is only ONE hole that needs to be plugged, and that is the one that goes to the balance shafts.. The other holes are just threaded holes that hold the assembly in place. I used a 5/16" x 24 thread tap to tap it out.. fit perfectly.
Last edited by Avatar; 03-16-2011 at 10:40 PM.