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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    so far after about 2 weeks of driving, no changes. Some interesting things I've noticed - Idle is relatively smooth (800 rpm ish) - the range of 1100 - 2500 rpm shakes the most, but only costing or very light throttle. - range of 1100-2500 rpm shakes just as badly when car is stationary (only...
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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    Hi All, So, after some fiddling about, none of the push rods really wiggle... some can rotate them, and some I can't... none want to wiggle (side to side I mean, or even up and down). Cylinder's 1,4,5,6 I can rotate OK with the crank at the correct position Cylinder2 intake pushrod I can...
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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    Thanks for the info, I will have a go at this first thing Wednesday morning! Hopefully will shed some light on the issue. So basically 3 marks on the crank pully will suffice; and I'll need to rotate the crank twice following the firing order and check the rocker arms are level... I don't think...
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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    Hey Phil, Its a long post which I have undoubtedly made confusing with trying to add to much info. So, the issue is : when I rotate the engine to allow the rocker arm to come fully down, it is actually still holding the valve open. If I back the bolt off on the top of the rocker arm , say 1-2...
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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    ... If only that was helpful.... I think you drank too much eagle sperm this mornin ...
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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    Sorry, yes that's the issue...
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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    Well, first issue is the sound the engine makes, I suspect it's now caused by the rocker arms not letting the valve close fully. It also idles rough at the moment ...
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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    Pulled apart the front of the engine today; whew that was a bit of a dig. Didn't have to drain the oil, was able to get away with just pulling the housing off. Your suggestion of pulling the radiator is totally worth it, as is the double nut business. Those long studs interfere with removing the...
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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    thanks for the info... I was a bit unsure how they'd set the cyl# up to be honest, there are so many *3.8*/4.2 info online. With that said, I am looking at #2 and #3. Timing is a good point, though even if it was off, at some point the lifter should let the valve close, but at this mileage...
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    V6 3.8 split port engine troubles [long thread]

    Hi All, I'm new to the form, and hoping I can pick your brains for some expertise with some troubles I've recently run into with my car. I have a 99 v6 mustang with 481,000 k on it, and for the most part its been an awesome car. Without getting too far into its history, around 250,000k a valve...
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