Originally Posted by zloetakoe
What is behind that plate? Mine was corroded pretty badly from what I assume was YEARS of running/sitting the truck with the same long worn out antifreeze before I got ahold of it. Lesson learned, check the coolant level and color/quality BEFORE buying the truck.
Thats the timing cover. It covers the 'timing' gears, which are the gears from the crankshaft to the camshaft and injection pump. Its a direct route down into the oil pan, so if it corrodes away behind the waterpump you might have a big problem. Although I haven't heard of that happening.