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Old 03-04-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Bad/Frozen VCT Gear? Miss drvin my baby plz help?

Well its one thing after another with my svt..I love the car too death but its been such a pain in the ars since day one.. So otherday I took a 8 hour trip to columbus there and back and my vct gear on my intake cam started making kind of a ticking/ rotational, metal tapping metal sound...Had no problems what so ever with the car that night, no power loss no hesitation nothing, ran completley fine... Well the next morning I go to start to leave for work and it just cranks over and kinda wants to start but wont, so the third time i tried cranking it over it sounded like a backfire threw thee intake so i let off... The next crank i noticed it cranked over smooth n quick with no compression.. So checked coil, plugs,compression n made sure she had gas n spark wich she does, but I notcied my timing belt was loose only between the two cam gears on the with some reading iv learned u are suppose to be able to turn the intake gear towards the windsheild? i know u shoulnt b able to see play with the t-belt tensioned properly but my belt between the 2 gears has about half inch of play I can move up and down.. The vct gear I cant spin towards windsheild n seems locked up..Now shouldnt (with the play in my belt) my vct gear spin back towards windsheild and remove the play in my belt? Isnt this what the spring in the vct gear is for to hold the gear towards winsheild? did timing about 12 k ago n know my belt hasnt been loose like this until this happend... any advice would be greatly appreciated...Anybody switched to aftermarket adjustable gears? if so what all does it take to do so?

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