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Old 08-26-2009, 11:08 AM   #28
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Cam chain is certainly in the "after we pull the jugs" category, I would even say after you pull the pan. Cam chain is pretty straightforward with a tensioner, two gears and an endless chain... not likely to be the source of any particular friction...valve train again not likely to be a big problem, but pulling the heads and jugs will tell you more in that department.....

Another thought: take a look inside the front cover and see if perhaps the alternator rotor has "swollen" to the point that it binds with the armature.... again, not real likely, but very easily dealt with. Make sure you have the proper hardened rotor-puller bolt, and then the rotor pops off (should?) easily....

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