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anyone have any instructions on how to do this or hints.

1994 4.6 auto, cai

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1. Remove the valve covers
2. Remove the cam towers and cams
3. Buy the air adapter that plugs into the sparkplug hole
4. Air the cylinder up
5. Buy the right valve spring compressor
6. Remove the valve springs
7. pull the valve stem seals off

There are 2 ways I've tried to get the seals off. 1st way was pulling them off with a pair of pliers, but there are a couple that you can't really get to, and needlenose wouldn't give enough grip. I actually used a small(very small) prybar about 5 inches long, and just lifted them off. Be aware, doing them this way, when the seals finally let go of the head, they have a tendency to project themselves pretty hard. I've done other cars, but the 4.6 built together valve seat/seal tend to seal themselves pretty good to the head.
 

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Speaking of heads, I think mine are in the clouds. I forgot what forum I was in - engine. . . 100% blonde moment - no offense blondes. Sorry but I was thinking it was going to be the tire valves.
 

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2. Remove the cam towers and cams
Are you sure the cams have to come out?

If you use the Ford tool, you can compress the spring and pull the followers, then compress the springs again and pull the keepers, all this without removing the cams (The tool even pivots against the cam)

I don't have my manual here in front of me, but I'm pretty sure that is what was involved. But I could be wrong. Pulling those cams and having to completely disassemble the front timing stuff really sounds like a hassle. :eek:

Anyone have their manual handy so they can prove me wrong? :D

Don't worry; it wouldn't be the first time I was wrong!! :thumbsup:
 

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where can i get the ford valve spring compressor?
shop here doesn't sell any and 5 star ford also didn't carry any.
mine smokes real bad.
 

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I don't know the number, but it's listed in the OEM manual.

OTC usually has them, and sometimes you can find a Rotunda kit on ebay for a good price.

Just get the number and do a search on the internet or ebay and sources should show up.

But a word of warning: No Ford tool is cheap!! :eek:
 

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Can anyone send me a picture and/or specs on that compressing tool? There's a machine shop where I work, and I could probably make one or see if they have something close that I can use.
 

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I've seen them for sale as low as $60, so I don't think the time and effort in trying to make one would be worth it.
 

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ok $60 isn't bad... does anyone know the part number? It isn't in the haynes manual & I don't have the mercury shop manual.
 
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