Timing Chain Tensioners

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I'm starting to get what I think is timing chain noise on cold start. I'm guessing it's the Tensioners? I've searched and searched but can't find any threads where anybody talks about replacing them. Is it hard?
 

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Not hard to replace the tensioners at all.

Be sure its the tensioners and not a head tick
 

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LOL its not exactly easy Travis.
Time consuming and the necessity to remove a LOT of stuff.
That makes me feel better. I figure it been 10k miles since I completed my eaton swap so this is a perfect time to do a little maintence. I was just wondering if there's anything I should watch out for? Thanks
 

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When installing the tensioner you will need a paper clip to hole its piston in then pull it out once installed.
 

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Yep.

I still felt the paper clip was too weak when I swapped mine so I used the center conductor from a piece of coaxial cable. It's a lot stronger than a paper clip and it fits in the hole perfectly
 

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Yep.

I still felt the paper clip was too weak when I swapped mine so I used the center conductor from a piece of coaxial cable. It's a lot stronger than a paper clip and it fits in the hole perfectly
LOL

Copper< Steel
 

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RG-59 is pure copper
RG-6 is copper clading over a soild steel core
RG-6 Quad shield is copper clading over a solid steel core

Surely you know I didnt use copper to hold the tensioner? That would'nt work very well
 

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RG-59 is pure copper
RG-6 is copper clading over a soild steel core
RG-6 Quad shield is copper clading over a solid steel core

Surely you know I didnt use copper to hold the tensioner? That would'nt work very well
I learned something today. :jg:
 

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It is time consuming, 2x 6 hour sessions in my tiny, cold garage to pull everything apart and put it back together again plus an oil change on my 2v. Get new timing cover gaskets (will come with crank seal), valve cover gaskets if you are brave enough to do them (no idea how hard on a 4v, but the passenger side SUCKED on mine), RTV, collection of tools, and crank/harmonic puller should do it.
 

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