Changed out dogbone, albeit with a second hand one. However, it was in much better condition than my old one! :
Can anyone identify this bolt? After everything thats been done to the vehicle, this is the only bolt I had left over. I've looked everywhere (so I thought). Twice! Its a 14mm head, and the headbolt is for reference.The 2 washers would be positioned where they would normally go as thats how I usally pull stuff apart. Its about 65mm length - 2.5".
The size of this bolt indicates something crucial to me, maybe the source of my noise/vibration.
So far to diagnose this issue: rotated tyres, removed t/b cover and retensioned belt. rechecked timing - good, unless i'm doing something wrong I don't know about. Changed out dogbone. No result. Removed valve cover and 'inspected' cam gear. looks ok but how would I know? Retightened exhaust in/out manifolds, and any other bolts/nuts that were nearby. Checked lhf brake calliper - i'm still not convinced i've eliminated this yet, i'm gonna get a shop to 'eliminate' it as a cause. I'm still looking into that issue.
Projects on hold: remove and replace broken 10mm bolt on oil pump. remove and replace broken 12mm bolt on injector rail. replace coolant overflow bottle (this is now what appears to be the source of my coolant leak). Diagnose said noise/vibration. Upgrade to gen 4 dogbone - maybe all mounts if needed. install new clutch (if required - if the noise is eliminated and it wasn't the clutch should be ok for now).test injectors, diagnose source of running rich. replace current coolant with TLLC red.bleed/flush brakes, and reflush clutch fluid. (i'm sure theres more i've missed - but as you can see its a very long list already not even taking into account exterior paint/scrach issues!!!!)
Anyway, as far as the ticking coming from the v/c or injectors, here's a rundown of the work done on the head:
Operating/enviro costs $7
Pressure test cylinder head (no leaks detected) $45.45
This note was inserted here on invoice (If you have submitted a cyl head with cam/rockers etc, and have not been charged for assembly, please check tensions and tappets etc)
Vacuum testing valves $18.19
(r/r???) stem seals $36.36
set valve clearances $54.55
head bolts #1.81
Gasket set $77.28
GST (tax) $27.06
I received the head back with the cams installed, but on re-reading that above note i'm wondering if the tensions (what tensions?) and tappets etc (what etc) were checked? In order to install the head I had to remove the cams to install it. But I reinstalled the cams myself. I'm positive the marks lined up, and the bearing caps were tensionsed/installed in the correct order/manner. But I have no idea about the sprocket loading on the exhaust cam gear. I just installed the exhaust cam and removed service bolt. Was some servicing missing? ie the bits in bold? I assumed because the cams were installed everything was completed but on second look maybe not
THE REASON I SAY THIS IS THERE IS NO CHARGE ON MY BILL FOR ASSEMBLY. Should I have assumed assembly was carried out by the fact the cams were installed when i received it?
Btw, must take the opportunity to thank those of you still following this tiresome thread! I just hope somewhere along the line someone else apart from me has benefitted from it. And I am most grateful for the advice and info I have learned. Btw, if any of you TN'ers ever need advice/info on anything home-theatre related (or even computers to an extent) feel free to hit me up with a query! I'd be most happy to help. I'll help here with things newbies (like myself) ask if I can, but i'm still learning too lol. Anyway thanks TN!!!!