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Tappet cover was leaking, so unless someone has an ultra secret procedure, I needed to pretty much remove everything that side of block , I have removed the injection pump before, being mindful of the key, but this time the key fell out. A) tear front cover off and retrieve key or B) hope it made its way to the oil pan.

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Me personally I’d go with the cheaper option, pulling the front cover. The seal and silicone is cheaper than an oil change.

 

plus you can get a magnetic stick in there and try to find it in the front portion of the pan, might even be sitting on the gears!

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16 hours ago, Blueox01 said:

Tappet cover was leaking, so unless someone has an ultra secret procedure, I needed to pretty much remove everything that side of block , I have removed the injection pump before, being mindful of the key, but this time the key fell out. A) tear front cover off and retrieve key or B) hope it made its way to the oil pan.

 

I've recently completed both tasks you are currently facing and removing the front crank case cover was way easier than expected! I did not drop the key while removing my VP but oil was leaking from the front cover on my rig as well as the tappet cover.

 

Make sure you procure a front crankshaft seal so you can replace that while you have the cover off. Thorughbred Diesel makes some pretty awesome HowTo videos for our 2nd gens, this one helped my a lot with the crank case cover! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuuxQLUhx_s

 

EDIT: For the record I have also replaced the oil pan gasket and if it was between the oil pan gasket or the crank case cover to find the missing key I would remove the front cover 10 times again before attempting to drop the oil pan again.

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Well I slept on it overnight and figured I would pull the vacuum pump before the front cover and see if I could find the key, well just as I pulled the pump out the key dropped out and onto the ground, Whew!

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8 minutes ago, 015point9 said:

Might as well check the killer dowel pin while you're in there

He got the key and does not need to go in there now. A hardy :cheers: to that one.

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On 5/16/2020 at 9:35 AM, dripley said:

Bore scope maybe? I did do mine a while back also. This made it easy.

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Might not go that far again but had to deal with this.

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Dave I'm going to be replacing my front bumper soon and will gladly donate my old one to the cause....lol

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7 minutes ago, Manimalmother said:

 

Dave I'm going to be replacing my front bumper soon and will gladly donate my old one to the cause....lol

I appreciate the offer very much. I replaced it when I went for timing case reseal. It did make the job easier with all of that out of the way. Surprisingly removing it all is not to difficult.

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