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Valve Adjustment

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:53 pm
by ScottAHaynesJr
Wanting to adjust valves on my pickup but dont know the specs or the steps to do it. Any help is greatly appreciated. I can hear the clatter a lot while driving and at idle so I know the need to be adjusted just dont know how to. It's a 1990 2.3

Re: Valve Adjustment

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:49 pm
by Halden
I believe it is 0.006 intake and .010 for exhaust. Both cold. I have heard of some people setting the exhaust looser as these engines apparently have an issue burning valves. I am not sure how true that is.

Easiest way to do valves is working with companion cylinders. 1/4 & 2/3. When you see the valves rock (Exhaust is finishing closing and intake is just starting to open) on #4 adjust on #1. Rock 2, adjust 3. Rock 1 adjust 4. Rock 3 adjust 2.

Hope that helps

Re: Valve Adjustment

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:49 pm
by dorf
Look under how to guides...this web site...further how to adjust

Re: Valve Adjustment

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:26 pm
by Red Truck
In case you're unsure, the procedure in the 'how to' guide is under the diesel section, but also works on your gasser. The cylinder/valve steps are the same. TDC can be determined, more accurately than the crankshaft pointer, by removing a spark plug and placing a rod in the plug hole, and watch for the rod to hit peak motion...OR you can slap on your handy dial indicator. The engine will be easier to turn by hand with the plugs removed, anyway. I use a 15/16" socket for the crankshaft nut. Your distributor rotor will point to which cylinder is firing.
I don't intend to dampen your enthusiasm, but I believe you need a repair manual (or a mechanically inclined neighbor), if you plan on continuing this sort of maintenance. They hold the torques, settings, and procedures better explained for the home mechanic. I've had good luck with the Haynes pubs, but there are several others out there. (any relation? Hah!)

Re: Valve Adjustment

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:35 pm
by oldestisuzuist
I have the FSM 4ZD1 engine section in PDF format, PM me your email address if you want it. It has all the info you need.