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Can't turn camshaft sprocket by hand .. normal ?

Old 06-07-2018, 04:21 AM
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Default Can't turn camshaft sprocket by hand .. normal ?

Dropped my extra VVT head to a local 'head only' machine shop last week and just got it back today.
I asked them to deck it, hot tank, swap out stem seal, swap out oem spring to supertech heavy double.

Feels like such an obvious thing to do now, but I didn't check if the cam shaft could spin freely by itself with just hand pressure before I dropped it off. With the motor attached and timing belts connected however, I remember I was able to easily turn the entire assembly via the crank shaft bolt.

Is it normal that I can't spin the camshaft via the sprocket by hand esp with the heavy double spring ? I thought maybe they over torqued the cap bolts so I undid all and re-torqued it to only 100 in lb.using the correct pattern but no luck.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:50 AM
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I can't turn my sprockets by hand, but you should be able to with a wrench and socket on the cam gear bolt, and I've got stock springs.

Does it look like any of the springs are binding (coils touching?)
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:40 PM
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Cool, thanks for letting me know. I didn't want to force it with a wrench so I took things apart to double check torque values and to verify if its supposed to be able to turn or not. I'll double check for coil binding today.
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+1 on wrench required to turn cam gears! Its the resistance from lobes pressing valve springs!
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