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Guess what I found under my distributor cap...

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... a socket as I'm doing the timing belt, water pump service on my new $400 Z31 Turbo.  I still can't believe it didn't cause any damage to the rotor. Car did have a miss once in awhile.  

The hacks that were working on her before did all kinds of wacky things so I guess I shouldn't be to surprised. 

 

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It actually ran with the socket in the dizzy? How bought that!!!

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9 minutes ago, Patcon said:

It actually ran with the socket in the dizzy? How bought that!!!

I know pretty crazy. 

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Maybe it was a secret storage spot.

Was that broken piece of rotor in there or did you break it off?

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Yeah it was in there.  It look like that piece came off the cap. All new cap and rotor on the way. 

Z31 plugs are a pain to pull. The plugs are a magnet for debri. You have to blow them out, spin a screw driver around then blow them again, losen half way and blow a third time. At least this is what I do. 

I found a injector spring clip at the bottom of one plug. 

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I had a VG30E in a Pathfinder so I've seen the plug problem.  Pretty sure I felt a few grains of grit under the seat when I changed them.  Luckily, the ignition and engine control systems on those engines are so good you can get about 50,000 miles from a set of plugs.  Pretty sure I got over 100,000 out of a set.  Not quite right, but it was just an SUV daily driver.  Had 260,000 and still running great when I sold it.

I was thinking here, like it hit the socket once -

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Count your blessings that you found it there and not like this.

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20 minutes ago, SteveJ said:

Count your blessings that you found it there and not like this.

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Dang!  

Yeah I was nervous about the spring falling in the cyclinder. Luckily after the plug came out I was able to get it out with a magnet. 

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7 hours ago, Zed Head said:

I had a VG30E in a Pathfinder so I've seen the plug problem.  Pretty sure I felt a few grains of grit under the seat when I changed them.  Luckily, the ignition and engine control systems on those engines are so good you can get about 50,000 miles from a set of plugs.  Pretty sure I got over 100,000 out of a set.  Not quite right, but it was just an SUV daily driver.  Had 260,000 and still running great when I sold it.

I was thinking here, like it hit the socket once -

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I think your right.  

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1 hour ago, Kurbycar32 said:

Yeah, we really need to know if that was a 10mm socket.

I was looking for it. I thought I might have left it there. LOL

 

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It was an 8mm. I think they were taking the timing cover bolts off. 

Can't be Steves!

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8 hours ago, JSM said:

It was an 8mm. I think they were taking the timing cover bolts off. 

Can't be Steves!

Does the rotor use an 8mm bolt? I'm pretty sure that my Maxima did.

Chuck

 

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3 hours ago, cbuczesk said:

Does the rotor use an 8mm bolt? I'm pretty sure that my Maxima did.

Chuck

 

Yes I believe it does. When I got the car in pieces though dist was assembled. 

They couldn't get it to run so they were checking timing and I bet they had the dist cap off as they were checking.

The real issue was the rats chewed some 20 plus wires on the EFI harness!

 

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11 hours ago, JSM said:

It was an 8mm. I think they were taking the timing cover bolts off. 

Can't be Steves!

Yeah, they never find it.

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