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Cheap Timing Cover Removal Tool
01/19/09 at 23:37:23
 
What you have here is a very cheap timing cover removal tool.  For about $3.00 at your local auto parts store, you can purchase a "heavy duty gasket scrapper".  It needs to be around 1/8th inch thick, in other words, you should not be able to bend it, period.  This one came pre-bent, but a straight one would be better.  It will work either way.

Take the scrapper and grind the sharp end off with a bench grinder.  I used the one at work.  Round the corners off a bit.  Then use a hand file to shape it so that it fits in the slot of the timing cover snug like.  I guess you could just use the hand file, but that might take a long time.

Put your new tool in the timing cover slot, and while holding the handle firm, use a pair of pliers to turn on the metal part of the gasket scrapper and twist the timing cover out.  Slick huh??  When you put the timing cover back in, use some anti-seize on the threads, and just use your brand new tool. GENTLY.  It just needs to be snug.

What you just made was a very large screwdriver. Grin Grin

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Reply #1 - 03/08/09 at 00:10:32
 
& if it gets outta the slot its gonna make a very large scratch...Id shorten the blade down to about an inch & grind the edge to a radius ti fit into the bottom of the slot.
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Reply #2 - 03/08/09 at 17:33:35
 
I'm lazy, don' like to twist too hard.  So I cut off a short piece of 3/4" x 1/16" bar stock, found a socket that held it nicely, hit that bugger with the impact wrench:



For the screws holding the decompression cable I ran a series of adapters:

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Reply #3 - 03/14/09 at 16:53:10
 
Educatedredneck wrote on 01/19/09 at 23:37:23:
What you have here is a very cheap timing cover removal tool.  For about $3.00 at your local auto parts store, you can purchase a "heavy duty gasket scrapper".  It needs to be around 1/8th inch thick, in other words, you should not be able to bend it, period.  This one came pre-bent, but a straight one would be better.  It will work either way.

Take the scrapper and grind the sharp end off with a bench grinder.  I used the one at work.  Round the corners off a bit.  Then use a hand file to shape it so that it fits in the slot of the timing cover snug like.  I guess you could just use the hand file, but that might take a long time.

Put your new tool in the timing cover slot, and while holding the handle firm, use a pair of pliers to turn on the metal part of the gasket scrapper and twist the timing cover out.  Slick huh??  When you put the timing cover back in, use some anti-seize on the threads, and just use your brand new tool. GENTLY.  It just needs to be snug.

What you just made was a very large screwdriver. ;D ;D

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Thanks for this.  I made up the scraper with a friend grinding it down and it did take a number of tapings with a rubber mallet, turning with vice grips and a hammer but it did let go.  Must have had some seal on it.  with patience it works well.
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Reply #4 - 03/14/09 at 23:40:34
 
The picture does not show it, for my photographer (my daughter), took the pic while I was working on it.  The final edge is a bit more rounded to fit the slot.

I'm kind of a big fella, so it was not too much effort to just use the new tool and a pair of pliers to twist the cover off.  Of course, I'm holding it in the slot firm, and taking my time.

Glad that this worked for someone beside myself.  Smiley
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Reply #5 - 03/19/09 at 18:58:44
 
I cant take credit for coming up with this but I've done it and its worked:

use an old front brake pad
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Reply #6 - 03/30/09 at 22:59:19
 
I don't know how you can get cheaper than this...



I 1st found the you can stick the skinny side of an old brake pad, but you needed a wrench to turn it.

a Smiley and a Smiley later...

And I have a wrenchless timing cover remover.
I'll file the wings flat and shorten the blade the next rainy day that comes along.
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Reply #7 - 01/16/14 at 13:28:10
 
Here's one that might work... Drag Link Socket.

There are several sizes too.

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Reply #8 - 01/23/14 at 14:46:31
 
i used a small hinge today. worked a treat.
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Reply #9 - 01/23/14 at 15:38:57
 
strang wrote on 01/23/14 at 14:46:31:
i used a small hinge today. worked a treat.


Yep, that's what I used on mine! The thickness of a hinge is just right. I might cut a "tool" out of one.
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Reply #10 - 11/16/14 at 14:55:42
 
I also tried the plate from the seat hold down at the rear of the tank and that fit's as well.  But it's soft so use a large crescent wrench and push it up flush with the cover.
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Reply #11 - 11/17/14 at 07:54:34
 
An old rusty paddle bit would be  good. Especially if you wanted to use a "gentle" impact driver.
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Reply #12 - 10/04/15 at 11:49:29
 
here's another tool that should work,
Quarter-Turn Fastener Tool,$6...
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Reply #13 - 10/10/15 at 18:52:41
 
I got lucky and had a big washer the fit perfect; even needed to be tapped in to be snug.  I can fit a 3/8" ratchet extension in the hole for leverage.  Brake pad didn't fit in the slot and I don't have a bench grinder.  Yet.
I kept the anti seize in the pic so anyone searching for this would be reminded to use it when putting that cover back on.

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Reply #14 - 10/10/15 at 19:11:16
 
You don't need it on the threads, put it under the head outside of the o'ring.  The threads are oiled.   Huh
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