GM Metro/Sprint 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Valve Springs

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REMOVAL and INSTALLATION

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Fig. Fig. 1: Valve spring identification

  1. Remove the cylinder head from the engine.
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  3. Remove the camshaft and, as required, the rocker arm assemblies.
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  5. On engines equipped with hydraulic lash adjusters, remove the adjusters and place in order of removal.
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  7. Using a spring compressor, compress the valve springs and remove the locks from the retainers.
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  9. Remove the retainers and springs from the cylinder head.
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To install:
  1. Install the springs and retainers on the cylinder head one cylinder at a time.
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Position the valve spring with the small pitch end facing the cylinder head.

  1. Using a spring compressor, compress the valve springs and install the locks in the retainers.
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  3. Once all cylinders are assembled, use a rubber hammer to hit each valve assembly on the retainer side. This will positively seat the locks in the retainer.
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  5. On engines equipped with hydraulic lash adjusters, lubricate and install the adjusters in their original positions.