Thank you very much! I successfully cut off the broken screw without damaging any parts. At least not visible to the naked eye. It was difficult since I only had a handheld jigsaw and no table top vise grip. Only used a C-Clamp and a plastic box. I was very careful with griping with the c-clamp since it looked like they were both same harden metal.
I recommend using a rotary grind cutter instead of rigged saw blade. And table top vise grip. C-clamp works, just be very careful. Use thin woods to sandwich it if you can. AND! Wrap the rocker arm air tight. I used shop towel, then a painter's tape, then a used latex gloves. Use one of the fingers and pinch a pin hole to slit over the screw.
And then use used engine oil (synthetic) to clean/wash it off. It works. And just give the whole RAA+shaft a bath with it. (Drain it afterwards.) Always keep the RAA+shaft covered.
And also clean out all the screw hole free of fluids and debris or hydro-lock can happen.
And hand screw it in first. Then use a rubber mallet to tap things in then hand screw it in more. And then inspect all alignment. (Valve to Valve Adj. Screws, Roller bearing to the cam shaft, and the two little pin holes at the ends of the shaft that looks like oil passage)
And then finally torque them in. One thing I noticed is my shaft seems a bit bent, or warped. I don't know if that is normal. When I was installing the RAA+shaft back to the cam and the valve, it was rocking just a bit. This is the only thing I didn't like.
If anyone else is reading, it is good idea to follow the inspection list for RAA and the shaft. I followed the Haynes manual, although I can't tell what a excessive wear looks like. But lubricate all moving parts (RA, VTEC pins, bearing for the shaft, the shaft, rollers, and more) with engine oil before putting it back in. And don't mix their places. Those VTEC pins slide out so easily, I hope they are omni-directional.
So everything looks back to normal!
But now another question just popped up into my head. Should I have done this work when it was ice cold outside? I haven't done the valve clearance yet. Too tired atm. But if the valve clearance must be done when it is cold, does that mean re-assembling/reinstalling the RA should've been done when it's cold also?
Saturday, May 7th, 2011 AT 11:41 PM