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    Teen project or not?

    My son's 2006 TW appears to have broken a valve stem on the intake side as its free flowing and the nut is missing. It runs fine aside from loud tapping which we powered down as soon as noise started. I'm not certain all the steps necessary to remedy this issue and would like to hand him (16) a repair manual and buy him the parts he needs. He has replaced his instrument cluster in his tacoma so he is somewhat techie....is this a 16 yr old project? Bike has 3200 miles.

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    he ain't gonna learn any younger. TIM

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    If he has mechanical ability and can use you as a resource, yes it is. If not, the results may not be so good. Good luck!

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    Just make sure he has the tools he needs and the manual (I always prefer a hard copy), as long as he has mechanical ability he'll be fine. He has to start sometime ...

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    Upon further viewing..Im thinking it just lost its nut..see picture. Any idea where I might find nut?twValve.JPG

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    In the crankcase, unfortunately.

    Or worse yet, stuck halfway down in one of the holes the oil flows through.
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    should be right there in the 'pocket'. Good light, mirror, and a magnet. Might get lucky. TIM

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    Pocket as in valve area? I drained the oil and pulled the side crankcase off and searched around to no avail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinman tim View Post
    should be right there in the 'pocket'. Good light, mirror, and a magnet. Might get lucky. TIM
    This, look around in the top of the engine. I've never had mine apart but are the oil passages large enough the nut could fall down into the crankcase?

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    When I had this happen, I took the chance to replace the base gasket and have the head on a bench for my inspection. If you have not replaced the base gasket, now might be a good time to do so! Having recently been 16 (22 now) and knowing my abilities then, I think it's possible for your son to do this under adult supervision. With most things automotive, there is a right way and a million wrong ways. With changing the base gasket, it really is basic wrenching. That being said, there is a specific order in which things are supposed to be done. All you need is the gaskets, a torque wench, and patience. And with the head off, it will make it 1000x times easier to find the lost nut. Mine happened to be within about 2" of the valve lodged in a little crevice in the head. I could not see it with the head on and when I shook the head, it did not rattle... It really was lodged, but a good magnet plucked it out! And, bonus, my base gasket isn't leaking! FWIW, I also have an '06, that gasket will give up on you. For added comfort, I got a new bolt and lock nut for the valve. After getting loose, it strikes the valve in angles and gaps that it isn't supposed to. It was $3 insurance for me. Feel free to reply on here if you have problems. I'm sure someone will be able to help you get things done if you have any problems. Don't forget you also need a feeler gauge set for valve lash!!!
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