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Old 02-15-2006, 11:25 AM   #1
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is it safe to leave the timing cover off?

i was just wondering, is it actually safe to leave the timing cover off? i see alot of car with it off and i keep thinking well its ups are the belt stays cooler, and its awesome to see the timing gears, but the downs (to me, thats why im asking this question) is wouldnt it get some kind of debri caught in there and possible tear that belt a new one?


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Old 02-15-2006, 02:02 PM   #2
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IIRC, somebody got some snow in there and ended up bending some valves as a result. Not a good idea unless you have to have it off because it won't clear aftermarket adjustable cam gears. Even then it's probably a better idea to find a way to modify it to fit back on there somehow.
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:46 PM   #3
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I think you can safely leave off the upper half, unless you drive through some serious debris-ridden area. I would re-attach the lower half, though
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Old 02-16-2006, 02:52 AM   #4
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you know what, im just going to leave it on lol, better safe than sorry thanks guys.
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Old 02-16-2006, 05:20 AM   #5
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Seems safer too. If the motor is running and you lean over it in your baggy shirt or your tie gets caught in them..... OF course, you would be a Darwin awards candidate then too....
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Well, mine's off for good - took the 2 upper bolts off and tried to pry it off, and the foam rubber gasket ripped. Then realized there were 2 lower bolts, took those off and tried to pry it off past the engine mount - CRACK!!! Looks cool, but don't want to get near that belt!
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:47 AM   #7
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yeah, you're supposed to pull those four bolts, remove the engine mount, and then those studs unscrew and the cover slips right off. you can get the studs loose with an 8mm socket
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You will have no issues leaving it off it is there more for customer safety than engine safety

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Old 02-16-2006, 07:12 AM   #9
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LOL, I love those stories!

I was debating on removing mine as well, you actually don't have to remove the motormount, just remove it after a good drive and it'll be warm enough to bend/twist it out.
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:06 PM   #10
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Does the same go for the exhaust header cover?? I like the look of the stock SVT header exposed, but will this heat things up under the hood???
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