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Old 02-21-2018, 02:03 AM   #1
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F22a4- circular spring found inside of rocker arm/ cams under valve cover

I recently changed the valve cover gasket on my f22a4 and found a circular spring just resting right next to the valve stem spring/ rocker arm.. where does it belong where did I come from, I can’t find any info on it don’t even know what it’s called/for...
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:34 AM   #2
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pic? Sounds like for the rocker shaft
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:47 AM   #3
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I cannot post pictures, not sure why. It’s about the size of the o ring that goes on the spark plug seal area of the valve cover. It’s a spring that is shaped like a circle.
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:57 AM   #4
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Old 02-21-2018, 11:36 AM   #5
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Is it like a wavey washer, or a piece of a coil spring?
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apparently the Acrobat website doesnt like hosting pictures. I changed your post from an image, to a link.

in regards to what that is - that DEFINITELY doesn't belong inside the engine! That is the tension "garter" spring from one of the oil seals - and judging by the large size of it, I would say one of the bigger seals (the rear main crank seal, behind the transmission?)

I can't imagine how that would get up into the head, and if it were missing from your oil seals, your engine would be leaking a ton of oil when it was running. The spring would also be captured around the crank if it had "fallen off" from your existing seal.

I suspect it might have fallen into there during some maintenance work in the past - perhaps a mechanic was playing with it and it sprung somewhere (inside the open engine!) and got lost... the kinks in the spring make it look like it probably bounced around and got in between some of the cylinder head's inner workings, but it's soft enough that it probably didnt cause any major damage... but you might want to look around closely.

here's a picture illustrating where that coil spring normally resides on an oil seal:

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Old 02-22-2018, 10:30 AM   #7
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Phew! That’s great news. Only thing that “leaked” oil was my valve cover gasket hence why I changed it, not actually sure the gasket was leaking if so barely anything. Main reason I changed the gaskets was because while changing spark plugs I noticed oil on my spark plugs!!!!!! Come to think of it I do not remember pulling any rubber o rings from the 4 spots their supposed to be under the valve cover. All is good a few days after the gasket replacement...
thanks all for the help...
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Did you change the seals at the bottom of the spark plug holes in the cam holders/rocker arm supports? These seals change from rubber to essentially a hard plastic because of heat; oil gets pushed past them into the spark plug holes.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:54 PM   #9
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coil spring?

pretty sure its a coil spring - UPDATE: never mind, ignore what i said lol.

cp[mike] got it.
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