My experience with code 41
A while back, I posted about a code 41. I'd decided to follow jr's3800 advice (that his name?) and buy a new interrupter. Looked at the new one, and decided if i pulled the magnet outta that, i'd be throwing my money away, and whether if falls out again was questionable.
So, I pulled the timing chain cover, and that darn power steering pump kept getting in my way, i nearly yanked it out. lol
I got it off, and had to remove the chain. The old plastic case was brittle, and pretty well was gone. Popped the new one in, lined up my timing marks, stuck the chain on, and then the cover.
Advice for those of you in the future.
1, keep the water upmp off the cover till the cover is back on, makes it easier.
2, beware of that oil pan seal. If may get squashed. If theres no other way, relax! the pan is easily removed and reinstalled, and the seal can be reused. Just make sure you use permatex ultra copper. You don't even need to remove the starter!!
3, When reinstalling the chain, turn the crank, and cam, to make sure the timing marks line up. Never reinstall the chain assuming it will keep its time, it won't! IF the marks don't line up, line em up. Turn in the direction so the engine is spinning clockwise. Make sure they line up right. There will be slack for the tensioner, make sure it is slack when checking. This will ensure a perfect time. Then reinstall the tensioner.
4, oils and synthetics. I know regular oil breaks down materials, like plastic and some metals, such as the material that the magnet is made of. That, along with heat, will reduce the life of that magnet, and casing. So, maybe its a good idea to use synthetics to prolong the life of the engine, and especially that magnet?
IMHO Mobil one makes the best synthetic for the price.
5. Don't use additives, they make the oil run slicker, but is that what the oil and engine were designed for? No. stay away from em. IMHO, if you add the cost of 4 liters of regular oil, plus the additive, you'll find its better to get the synthetic.
6 and last, use an AC Deloc, or WIX filter. FRAM is a NO-NO!!
Input is welcome!
2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD 2.4
1993 Buick Park Avenue 3800
1984 Chevrolet Citation 2.5 liter four.