Timing Cover Locating Dowels December 06, 2020, 03:55:32 PM I've cleaned up my timing chain cover and installed a new crank seal in it and I'm getting ready to put it back on the engine. My engine (1984 CFI 302) has the two locating dowels. The driver side dowel is still attached to the block. The passenger side dowel came out with the timing chain cover. I was able to recover the passenger side dowel but my question is should I replace it with a new one? Should I remove and replace the driver side dowel too? If so, is there a proper way to install new locating dowels? I've read they aren't necessary but are beneficial in properly locating the timing chain cover when you reinstall it. Since this is my first time performing this repair I'll take advantage of anything that will make it go more smoothly and prevent any leaks. Thanks in advance.