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Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sonoma, CA
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what's this junk in my cam housing?

Finally worked up the nerve to wade in after my motor stopped suddenly one day in late December. I was driving nice and easy on an open road when the motor shut down without noise or vibration. I clutched in immediately and pulled over. Got a tow.

I drained the oil, which looked clean. No flecks of metal, metallic sheen, or discoloration. The ends of all 6 rocker arms on the passenger side had snapped off. I thought it might have been a tensioner or timing chain thing, so I pulled the cover off of the passenger-side cam housing to find this:




Note the loose bolt to the left of the tensioner and the small pile of stuff that fell onto the paper towel.



I'm guessing the bolt is from the plate that covers the cam and the other pieces are lock plates from the oil pump. Any idea if that's what these are and how they ended up here???
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