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Old 04-27-2017, 11:17 AM   #1
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svt camshaft removal

ok, im in the midle of pulling my head to rebuild it. ive got the 8 brackets that hold the cams down and then there is the 9th that goes across both. the one closest to the cam gears/where the cam seals are.

ive taken out the 4 bolts on top of that, the vct is out. it still feels real nice and snug almost like there is another bolt or 2 holding it on. i was thinking there might be on the side of the head. looking at pictures of the head disassembled makes me believe other wise.
using this write up on head removal
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in that write up he doesnt say the cam gears need to be removed and only mentions the 4 bolts on top of the 9th bracket.

do i just need to brake the seal loose on that bracket or is there actually bolts behind the cam gears holding it on?


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Old 04-27-2017, 11:33 AM   #2
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I am not sure how different the cam caps are on the SVT head but on the seal side on the Zetec head there are two metal inserts for guides that make those extra "stuck on" It sounds like you did not follow the proper loosening procedures? as you do a few turns on each cap until they are all loose the force from the buckets pushing on the caps should have lifted them up.

From the best picture I have of mine...


It looks like the caps are the same. try putting a few of the caps back on the far end to push up on the caps?
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the way i did it was go through them all breaking them loose (1/4 turn each). continued that untill the bolts werent holding them down in place and they where loose. from there i took out the centers then finished removing the bolts on both the ends.
ill try putting the end ones back on ( closest to the battery tray right) and see how that goes.
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I have not removed the ones on the SVT head, but have removed it many times on the Zetec. They have the extra metal inserts on both sides which make them tighter and with the gasket you get some coked oil around the gasket. Do you have a better picture you can post?

From what I can see is this:


Its just the 4 bolts still where the regular style of caps are uses on the Zetec head. The addition is the VCT bracket which unless there is an extra bolt down inside the hole looking at where the VCT goes. There would not be something that wraps around the head to bolt to the sides as there is no clearance for that.
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no, there isnt any extra bolts on the top compared to the zetec. looks like mine just might be stuck on there real good. has been on there for 15 years after all.

what ill do then is put the end pieces back on ( closest to the battery tray) then put a block of wood agianst the bracket closest to the cam gears and very very gently tap it with a rubber mallets. just enough so that it will create a little bit of a vibration. maybe that will help break the seal thats holding it down.
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im not at the car right now and didnt get picks but i found these
i see the guides ( looks like metal sleeves ) near the cam gears. basically between those and the gasket'seal thats what holding it down.

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