Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Calgary, Canada
Re: oil pump drive shoot me now
You can take off the collar and use an extending magnetic thing and drop in the shaft. I have done this several times. You will have no problems.
For example: I have taken many engines apart that were assembled with the plastic sleeve and found them broken laying in the oil pan and they were still running with no problems.
Patrick, No Offence, I hate to dissagree, and Yes it will work without the sleeve and it will run, BUT, if the sleeve is missing there is nothing to centre the oil pump drive rod on the pump. The rod will still drive the pump, but it tends to float? around a little and mark up the rod where it passes through the rear main cap as well as mark up the corresponding pump gear shaft tangs. The rods do not fit that tight in the bottom of the dist gear and they tend to wobble around, I have even heard them make a rattling noise with no sleeve. I had a 87 Iroc Camaro years ago that had this weird noise and I finally chased it down to no sleeve. The noise drove me crazy wondering what it was, as you allways think the worse case scenario.
I would pull the pan and put it in, GM and Melling etc., put them in for a reason. JMO.
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