***********We have seen a lot of posts regarding the removal of stuck cam bolts and methods of how to hold the cam gear in the futile attemps to remove these bolts with success. We have heard of horror stories of drilling, special bits and long times to do it, we have personally seen the results of dealerships using cut-off wheels/air chisels and the damage left behind on the gears that the dealer reinstalls.
the video was not edited, the motor we have is a ej205, three of the four cam bolts came loose with an impact gun, the forth one did not. this method for us is so fast that it's not worth the time to clamp the timing belt together, nor to use the cam tool. On really tight ones with the tool, we have chipped the gears. we have also seen broken head castings due to using a wedge/prybar on the cam lobes.
Often the cam bolt get really tight due to heat cycles, with the welding we do, the rapid heat applied to a stripped bolt makes them come off like butter, not damaging the cam gear at all. If you are local to us, we would perform this operation for $20 per bolt
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