|Tim S said: (quoted from post at 08:35:08 01/16/13) The original pin was soft, the big thing is not to forget and crank the engine with it in...it's a locator, not a lock. I've god a 2030 out side waiting to come in..I'll look at it closer when I split it..|
There is just a little more to this story; I may be purging an anxiety I have had for many years.
Not only had I assumed the pin was broken off in the flywheel, I also assumed I had broken off a section of the flywheel.
In fact, every couple of years, I would call the dealer to find out how much a new flywheel was. Last check was $1000, up from 500$ a few years before.
What I saw though the timing plate access hole was a cavity or hole in the flywheel right next to the ring gear. The corners of the cavity are jagged and beveled, and to my untrained eye, looked like something broken-off.
Now that I have a better view, through the starter hole, I see these cavities are part of the flywheel design. I think there are 4 cavities on the edge of the flywheel, each 90 degrees apart.
The edges of the cavities are a little jagged and not a neat machined look. I would bet that the sharp edges were purposely beveled in some fashion, to reduce the chance of stress risers at those points. This post was edited by chickenfriend at 08:13:40 01/16/13 8 times.