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Do i have to take the engine out of the car to change camshaft bearings?

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The title says it all.
 

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nope. just everything off the front of the car.
hard part is bending the air conditioner heat exchanger up and out of the way without busting the lines.
 

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nope. just everything off the front of the car.
hard part is bending the air conditioner heat exchanger up and out of the way without busting the lines.
Wow! I posted this question fully expecting to get "yes" replies. I went to 2 mechanics and 2 machine shops and they all said that i have to take the engine out of the car as its impossible to get the rear bearings out while the gearbox is still attached. They need to put a long rod through the front and using some sort of circular metal thingie, hit the rear bearing causing it to pop out off its place through the back.

Plz do tell how i can get the bearings out without removing the engine. I've already got the inlet manifold, rocker gear and the timing gear cover off.
 

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Remove the timing chain, remove all the lifters, unbolt the camshaft and remove it. Then any machine builder will have the tools to remove and fit the bearings.
 

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Just wondering is the bearing wear normal and how many K's has yours done.
 

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No,you do NOT have to take the engine out to remove the cam shaft.

"they all said that i have to take the engine out of the car as its impossible to get the rear bearings out while the gearbox is still attached."

Yes,it can be difficult,but NOT impossible.
 

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Sold my car :(
So the engine noise you were getting before were the bearings?
 

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Just wondering is the bearing wear normal and how many K's has yours done.
I haven't removed the cam yet so i have no idea about the condition of the bearings. Car's done 140+K
 

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No,you do NOT have to take the engine out to remove the cam shaft.

"they all said that i have to take the engine out of the car as its impossible to get the rear bearings out while the gearbox is still attached."

Yes,it can be difficult,but NOT impossible.
Well that's good news...i think.

Any idea on the procedure? And precisely what tool i will need to get the job done? The tool below is usually used to remove cam bearings. If i am not mistaken...it pushes the last bearing out, making it pop out the back. I can't see how the bearing would pop off its place if the back is sealed.

 

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So the engine noise you were getting before were the bearings?
I don't think so. I'm changing the oil pump and i figured i check the cam while im there
 
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