Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
About 5 weeks ago my trusty Jeep threw its serpentinefan belt...No problem you say just pull out the broken belt put a new one on...Yeah sure !!!!!..Mine had wrapped around the lower pulley so tight that about 8in of it went behind the lower pulley, right smack into the crank shaft seal...And it wasn't going to pull out .....This meant that I was going to have to pull the lower pulley to get the piece stuck behind it out...OK no problem, having been a mechanic for over 30 odd years I have all the necessary tools and theknowledge to do the job...Now where is my harmonic balancer puller???? Thats right I loaned out to who????..... So off to the parts house to rent one...This is the first time in 5 weeks that it hasn't tried to snow or rain....I buy new seal kit and rent the puller. Now for those of you who never have worked on a Jeep Grand Cherokee, or any newer model Jeep, Chrysler never meant for you to work on it....Taking blood thinners I get these nasty blood bruises every time I either bump or scratch my arms, so long sleeves are a must....and gloves for my hands..
Now 1/2 pint of blood later,I get every thing apart and decide its the better way to replace that seal is to remove the timing cover....10 bolts later its off....Then did I mention if I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck????? OMG....the timing chain has about a 1 in belly in it...wore out...Well OK it does have 140,000 miles its time for a new one...But then as I turn the timing cover over to look at replacing the seal, the timing damper falls out in three pieces....$10 bucks says I'm screwed, probly a dealer item, that they will be out of stock on.... But wait!!!! Auto Zone carries it and timing chain....$81.00 later I have all my ducks in a row...Nasty critters that they are...
Things are going just great, everything is clean, old gaskets scraped off, only one time I nicked my self with razor blade, two band aids later I take the puller back to Auto Zone, and start putting every thing back together...Did I mention about my luck????....I'm hammering the balancer back on, got bolt in it tightening it down...Take a break !!!!....I deserve it...Go in house make me a cup of coffe, Set down by work bench and lo and behold !!!!!! of all things,the oil slinger is laying there..!!!!!....Jumped up tried to get pulley off, no luck, jumped in car went back and re-rented puller...I was able to get pulley off and timing cover off enough to get oil slinger in place, before the silicone set up.....Last night I get it almost all back together before the wife says it's time to quit for the night..I have radiator hoses, two transmission lines, and that God forsaken fan clutch to put back on......
At this point Imight be able to finish up the few odd things maybe Sat afternoon, but weatherman says its going to be cold and maybe wet??? Did I mention my luck?????
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