Originally Posted by Firetacoma
Good to hear. I guess I was mainly looking for reassurance as I feel I'm in a bit over my skill level.
Will I be able to see if the oil squirter is in too far and thus pushing the plate from the block? That is, will this be pretty obvious once the timing cover is off and the gunky oily mess is all cleaned up?
I wouldn't characterize it as pretty obvious, i.e. you wouldn't necessarily see a definative bow. The oil squirter screws in and the bow is caused when it gets screwed in too far. When you get in there, take a close look. Do you know if the plate has ever been removed? If it has never been off, you are probably just fine. IIRC to get plate off, you will have to remove the timing gears.