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Old 06-06-2003, 03:05 AM
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Can I put the master link in the chain before assembly?

I will have the lower timing cover removed on my 93 2.6L 19e to replace the right plastic guide that I broke trying to take the pressed pin that holds it out. I am thinking about taking the chain with the link to any shop that has the MB tool. Would the chain fit with the lower cover removed. I just dont know what to expect becasue I never did this before.
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Old 06-08-2003, 09:19 PM
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here is what I found..

I put the master link at the dealer for free. When I got the lower timing cover out, I found out that the timing chain sets in the back of the oil pump chain that will have to be removed first. That means the oil pan must come off. I have a problem now. I will need to buy an engine hoist to raise the engine up so I can pull the pan out. My cylinderhead is off at the machine shop and I can't figure out how to raise the engine. I can't use a floor jack because there is no place under the engine to raise it up. I guess I will have to put the head on first and use the mounting ears at both ends of the head. I noticed the oil pump chain has some wear and I will replace it along with a new chain guide.
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Old 06-08-2003, 10:08 PM
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I've never seen the bottom of a 201 but there must be some part of the oil pan exposed to the floor. I'd jack the oil pan with a block of wood between the jack head and oil pan to spread the load then stick some blocks between the engine mounts and the crossmember. In effect, make the engine mounts taller. I dont' know if you have to release the transmission mount to do this or how high you can raise the block before bending or breaking something.

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Old 06-08-2003, 10:09 PM
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You can also break the master link and get another. Why pull the oil pan just to fit a closed chain?

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Old 06-08-2003, 10:19 PM
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I'd jack the oil pan with a block of wood between the jack head and oil pan to spread

Sixto,
I really like your idea. I will try it. My oil pan gasket is leaking in the back and exhaust side and that was one of the things I planed to do while I am doing the head (you should see my driveway). I will buy a new oil pump chain and have master link put in place at the dealer. The chain shows wear more like scuffing marks. I will have pictures as soon as I am done with the car to help other members who needs this information. Thanks again.
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Old 06-08-2003, 10:32 PM
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You open another can of worms - why not a new oil pump as well?

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Old 06-08-2003, 10:58 PM
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I forgot to mention that the reason behind removing the lower timing cover was that I broke the timing chain guide while pulling the pressed pin that holds it. I am seriously thinking about changing the pump while I am there.
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