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Hey, don't get me wrong... After a while they fired the B team and sent in the real engineers to fix the problem. I'm sure most of those engineers said "build a whole new motor, this is insane" but they did fix the issue that caused failure and later 4.0 sohc engines can run forever with simple maintenance. Change the oil per the owners manual at 3,000 miles not the 10,000+ miles it says on these fancy new oils. CHANGE YOUR DAMN OIL!


And change the tensioners at 60-70k and the engine is now bulletproof. I've seen them go to 300k on the original chains and guides if they have good tensioners, replaced on time, and good oil changes.
 


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The "E" or "F" their refering to is the 8th digit in your VIN; that 2nd digit "F' indicates a Ford product.
Considering your original 2001 engine is in a 4x4, it likely has a Balancer;
best way to make sure is take the lower oil pan off & the Balancer (if present)
is visible+mounted directly behind the oil pump up in the "girdle".
Difference in the Timing Kits is the Crank sprocket is different, with or wOut a Balancer.
Next time I've got the front TimingCover off, likely will just cut the Balancer chain off & get rid of that "RubeGoldberg" power sink.
Great! I just took the oil pan off and well, I don't know jack now..:( thanks for the help guys.
I bought this 10 yrs. ago with about 109k on it and don't know it's history other than a basic Car Fax back then....sheesh. Talking to the mechanic soon.. This is going to be fun.
 

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The entire timing system of the 4.0 sohc is a Rube Goldberg design...

Engineer - "Let's have a chain go from the crank to a fake camshaft and then from the fake camshaft to a real camshaft but instead of doing that twice on the front so it's at least easier to fix, let's make an entire other identical setup on the back of the engine so it can't be fixed without pulling the engine!!!"

Assistant - "Should we at least use quality parts so people don't have to fix these things often?"

Engineer - "nope."
The 4.0 SOHC is a typical German design, overcomplicated and expensive to fix. And you have to fix it. When they converted the 4.0 to SOHC they should have cast a mirror image cylinder hear and driven both cams off the front- like all the modular V8's. Instead they used the same casting on both sides and created the cam drive system from hell. You have to keep in mind, these same folks started two wars at home and lost them both.
 

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Likely shouldn't compare wars, considering over the last 60yrs, US has started at least 3 wars under false pretenses & lost, just to keep mil contractors in dough (& their pocketed politicians) & a standing army busy.
 

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Likely shouldn't compare wars, considering over the last 60yrs, US has started at least 3 wars under false pretenses & lost, just to keep mil contractors in dough (& their pocketed politicians) & a standing army busy.
The last war we should have fought ended in 1945, at least the rest weren't here. No American soldier(not "troops"- our kids) should ever be sent into a conflict unless we are willing to pull out all the stops and give them a chance of winning.
 

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No American soldier(not "troops"- our kids) should ever be sent into a conflict unless we are willing to pull out all the stops and give them a chance of winning.
And that hasn’t happened since 1945. Heck, we are still at war with Korea since a treaty was never signed.
 


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