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Well I finally got the PCV off, silly me basically broke the thing thinking it was suctioned in by the nipple - just had to pop the tabs in... I'll be getting a new one anyways.
Inspected the coils, the furthest cylinder's coil was basically fused to the spark plug tube, the upper section of the coil broke off leaving the metal tube lodged in there. I figured this was a good time to remove the intake manifold and valve cover to 1. get the coil fully out and 2. inspect the valve train, take a peak around. Took about 6 hours! Fun times working behind that engine... That bracket back there is a racket.
I got the coil pack out, but there is some weird creamy looking oil/sludge all over the timing area and I saw it in the PCV tube, it's also all in the valve cover where the PCV tube enters. Any idea on that? Reading that it's likely condensation, the treg hasn't been driven much for months and it's pretty cold here, the PCV may also not have been operating properly.
Going to be giving it hard runs and changing the oil at a higher frequency if/when I get this thing running again.
I imagine there will also not be a better time to change the cams sensors than this, I can get to them pretty easily - they also look pretty cruddy as I have the valve cover off and can see the magnets.
So I'm thinking... PCV valve, coils, plugs, air filter, I broke some vacuum hose that has a hard section going into a rubber section, to the left of the engine - I'll have to look that up or see if I can rig it together.'
Throw two cam sensors at it, because they seem to go bad and there's never going to be a better time to replace them as I don't plan on having the mani or VC off again...preventative maintenance?
Anything else to do while the valve cover is off?
Oh also taking that coil pack remnant out, sprayed a bunch of corrosion all into the valve train, woo. Definitely some frequent oil changes.
Hoping it doesn't end up as physical timing chain issues after all this jazz.