Rocker Shaft Removal
Okay both of my rocker arm shafts are broken and I will have to install a serviceable pair. The service manual makes it sound likee you can just slip the end caps and cam caps off. This is not the case in reality. What is the approved solution for removing taking these things apart so I can replace the rocker shafts. A few good whacks with a dead blow on the end caps or am I going to need a shop press?
The caps sort of get crushed onto the rocker rails when the mounting bolts are torqued up. You can try gently applying heat to them to make the caps expand and loosen off, and use a spray lube/oil to avoid the rocker rails from getting scarred up when attempting to slide them off. Believe me, they don't want to come apart in a hurry and it is very easy to damage the rocker rails if you aren't careful. Tapping them off lightly with a hammer would be one of the only ways to get the apart.
Thanks Geezer. This is turning into a real PITA. I sprayed everything with PB Blaster last night and will attempt disassembly later today. I think I'll go get a hard wood dowel to help in this process.
DNK70, sorry to hear about your truck engine. I have yet to hear about both rocker shafts being broken at same time.
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