Looked through the manual and searched the forum but did not find a clear answer. What's the safest way to press the timing gear onto the crank? Getting it off is obvious but I don't want to do any damage installing the new one. Thanks...
I'd probably heat the gear up to about 300 degrees and perhaps slip it on without using force.
I didn't want to put all that pressure on the whole crankshaft, so I have used a large vice, letting the first throw support the crank at the fixed jaw, then pressing on the gear with the other jaw, a short piece of pipe pushes the gear all the way in
Tim, I have always used the press. The crankshaft is supported on the two V plates with the back of the front throw supported. The gear is pushed on using a sleeve which clears the crankshaft.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
I used Robert's technique, worked great.