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Old 10-21-2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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Anyone here have any knowledge on doing the new timing chain tensioner? I installed the new style but I did not release it first before installing. the information I read said that it would automatically. But now I read that you should prime it with oil and throw it in. My GA has been making a lot of noise the last couple of days and the last thing I need is it to blow up.

Also what is the proper torque spec for it? I read anywhere from 55-63ftlbs.
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let it blow, 3800 swap.
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are you sure the oil passage to the tensioner clear? the pre 04 cars had issues with buildup clogging that passage, which is probably why you're having problems
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Fuck. I didn't check. I'm going to pull it apart when I get home
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wait. when you say you didnt release it, you installed and timed the chain and pulled "grenade pin" that's in the tensioner right?
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Um there isn't one. There's a c-clip at the end as far as I know.
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ah, i'm thinking of something else then.
this tensioner is on the firewall side? and is a screw in type deal?
it should release itself as soon as it's tightened. have you tried giving it a whack with a rubber mallet (while installed)?
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yea its the new style. I did tale a rubber mallet to it but its still making a decent amount of noise. i'm going to pull it out tonight and check the oil valley
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Took it out. Not sure if it's popped or not. The plunger moves up and down only a little bit. But does seem like it's been pumping oil
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That looks popped out already, no worries though, you can just install it like that. Usually I install them than use a long screwdriver to press that rear shoe in till it clicks and it pops out, then I unhook the injectors and crank the engine till it builds oil pressure and takes the slack out of the chain.

I'd also closely inspect the front timing chain shoe as I've also seen these crack at the top tip where the upper bolt goes through
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