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Old 01-26-2021, 11:14 AM   #1
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Default B21 lower timing/crank cover removal

Stumped. How the hell does this come off? I’d like to replace the gasket...all face bolts are removed and the 2 front, lower oil pan bolts are removed. This thing won’t budge, I must be missing something.

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Old 01-26-2021, 11:16 AM   #2
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The 4 bolts have been removed showing above.
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Old 01-26-2021, 11:28 AM   #3
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Use a thin edge flathead screwdriver to begin prying it off from one side then do the other side. Work it loose till you can get a much thicker screwdriver to free it. I just did one the other day and it came off without too much work.
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Old 01-26-2021, 11:45 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback, I should have added that I have tried prying and the amount of pressure I was applying started to make me nervous. I guess I just need reassurance that I have removed all bolts holding it before I apply additional force.
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Old 01-26-2021, 12:59 PM   #5
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There are couple locating pins that are probably holding it up
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Looks like you left a couple bolts in place towards lower left.

Remove all the bolts, then lightly whack the cover with a soft mallet to help loosen it.
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Old 01-26-2021, 01:48 PM   #7
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There are couple locating pins that are probably holding it up
Probably? or do you know?

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Looks like you left a couple bolts in place towards lower left.

Remove all the bolts, then lightly whack the cover with a soft mallet to help loosen it.
Second post clears this. It's been whacked HARD with a rubber mallet, nothing.
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Old 01-26-2021, 02:31 PM   #8
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Second post clears this.
The photo shows four bolts removed with two remaining.

Did you remove them yet?
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Old 01-26-2021, 02:31 PM   #9
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Check the oil pan bolts - I forget if any of them go into the cover.

And yes, there are a couple locating pins. You can see them in your picture - they look like a bolt hole in the cover, but with the flat end of the pin showing instead of a bolt. The pin stays in the block.
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The photo shows four bolts removed with two remaining.

Did you remove them yet?
I appreciate your help, again, please read post #2.
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Old 01-26-2021, 02:41 PM   #11
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Check the oil pan bolts - I forget if any of them go into the cover.

And yes, there are a couple locating pins. You can see them in your picture - they look like a bolt hole in the cover, but with the flat end of the pin showing instead of a bolt. The pin stays in the block.
Yes, 2 bolt from the oil pan also thread into the bottom of this cover, which have been removed.

As far as the pins go, do I need a key to release them? How do I go about working around them?
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Yes, 2 bolt from the oil pan also thread into the bottom of this cover, which have been removed.

As far as the pins go, do I need a key to release them? How do I go about working around them?
There's no release for the pins, they're just there to help line things up when you put it together. One is directly above the V in Volvo on the cover the other is on the bottom side across from it. I always forget about those oil pan bolts too.
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Old 01-26-2021, 03:03 PM   #13
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The pins are just a snug fit. The cover pushes on over them. Can you see a gasket between the cover and the block? If someone RTV'd it on, it may be difficult to get off.

When you whack the lower lip with a rubber mallet, it should make a hollow sound once it loosens up. You then need to wiggle it straight out. I don't know if you need to loosen all the oil pan bolts first to avoid damaging the oil pan gasket. You may be able to gently slide a putty knife between the top of the pan gasket and the cover to free up the pan gasket.
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Right on, thanks fellas!
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