Remove Timing Cover & Chain, Camshaft GM Chevy Tahoe Vortec Engine LS vid 10

In order to remove the timing cover, timing chain, and camshaft, you have to remove just about everything in every video that precedes this one including:  Airbox; radiator hoses and radiator; fan shrouds, fan, water pump; Harmonic Balancer Pulley Bolt and Harmonic Balancer Pulley.  If you are doing a cam swap, you are most likely  going to do new valve springs too, so that means a bunch more…  Spark Plug coil packs, intake manifold, valve covers, rockers, push rods, exhaust manifolds,

Getting ready to take timing cover off on my GM Chevy Tahoe 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Getting ready to take timing cover off on my GM Chevy Tahoe 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Timing cover off on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Timing cover off on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Camshaft is within sight on my GM Chevy Tahoe 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Camshaft is within sight on my GM Chevy Tahoe 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Starting to pull camshaft on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Starting to pull camshaft on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Camshaft is out on the GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Camshaft is out on the GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

For the timing cover, I didn’t know that in addition to the bolts on the front that you can see, there are two more coming up from the bottom.  A few easy bolts gets the cam sprocket off, and a few more for the cam cover.  I made sure my cam sprocket was at the 6:00 position and # 1 cylinder was at top dead center, too.  I’m not sure if this was necessary, but I did it anyway.  The cam gets a few water pump bolts up front and it’s just a matter of coming out slow, while turning the cam as it comes out.  If it gets stuck, turn the lobes and back it in some, then try again.

Biggest surprise for me?   With the water pump bolts on, I could not get the cam out.  The bolts ran into the AC Compressor before the back end of the cam would come out.  I removed the water pump bolts and held the prize in my hand.

 

 

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