There ain't no reason we couldn't get enough members to each kick in for, say 5 shims each to make a full set to get 'er going. I'm down for that...
You should never use a magnet to lift out valve shims. It can polarize the metal in the shim, making it magnetic, which in turn attracts any small bits of metal (say suspended in your engine oil) to stick to them and wear them.(JINKSTER @ Feb. 04 2007,09:56)big...it shouldn't be too daunting for the novice home mech to perform this task...per the shop manual page 2-8 in the "Periodic Maint." section outlines the procedure quite nicely...with the most scarey part being "Cam Removal" (should you need to swap out some shims) which isn't really all that scary at all and is covered in section 3-28...15 minutes of reading and your average DIY type will feel nearly confident and competent...and after post an in depth pictorial tutoring on the subject?...it should be "Just Follow Thew Step-By-Step Instruction/Pictures" childs play.(bigoltool @ Feb. 04 2007,05:58) Sounds like a damn good plan Bill! Unfortunately I haven't had mine long enough to collect any shims as yet. One possible detriment to this plan may be that a lot of folks are just plain not willing to attempt to adjust em themselves! Though they would still get their old shims back from the dealer!
and outside of a good ratchet set?...the only non-typical special tools we may need will be a torque wrench and a magnet.
at 15K, the manual recommends checking the valve [tappet] clearances. This job requires pulling the throttle bodies and the valve cover to measure the clearance between a cam lobe and its associated valve tappet.(jch364 @ Feb. 15 2007,08:16) getting a little worried here. i got 11k miles on mine and according to the manual i need a check or something on the valves at 15k. I had asked my dealer about it and they said it would cost about $150. Am I confusing 2 different things?
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