Timing chain tensioner

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#1 Timing chain tensioner

Post by peters3103 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:32 am

Hi Gents,
My engine has been removed for the purpose of addressing a lower timing chain rattle and oil leaks. After removal of the timing cover it was revealed that the hydraulic timing chain tensioner had never had the spring tension released, ie it was still in the locked position. I bought the car with 10,000 miles on a rebuilt engine (receipt) and I’ve subsequently put another 15,000 on it over 12 years. My engine builder (45 years Jaguar experience) was surprised it wasn’t noisier. Chains/sprockets are serviceable so a new (quality) tensioner and chain guides will be fitted along with a new water pump bearing/seal, crankshaft damper, machined flywheel and new clutch. Tappet clearances have also been checked. Here’s hoping for a quiet, oil-tight engine 🤞🏻
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#2 Re: Timing chain tensioner

Post by abowie » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:07 am

That's just laughable.
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#3 Re: Timing chain tensioner

Post by peters3103 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:39 am

Yeah hysterical :lol:
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#4 Re: Timing chain tensioner

Post by abowie » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:30 pm

I feel your pain. It's impressive that it ran so well for so long.
Andrew.
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#5 Re: Timing chain tensioner

Post by mtnjag » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:03 pm

I had a similar experience. The PO had parked the car in his garage for 8 years after having noisy chain/valve train noise work done which did not solve the problem. Disgusted, he parked it and didn’t look back. Sold it to me and in the course of checking things out and bringing it back up, surprise, the tensioner wasn’t released!
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#6 Re: Timing chain tensioner

Post by peters3103 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:18 pm

Too bad the tensioner isn’t accessible without removal of the timing cover. It’d save a lot of blood, sweat & tears, not to mention $$
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