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Engine making noise. Might be from timming chain. Please help?

My Ford Fiesta Flair 1998 has a rattling noise comeing from the engine. Not sure if it is the timing chain? Any ideas please help Thank you. Grant

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Sounds like the fan is hitting the cowl. Check the fan for a broken blade or the cowl for any stray pieces that could be hitting the fan. A loose heat shield on the catalytic converter is also a possibility. Heat shields are basically spot welded and most muffler shops won't touch them. Hope this helps to answer your question.
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PART NUMBER PART NAME XU2Z-6K254-AA Tensioner Kit - Left Side XU3Z-6K254-BA Tensioner Kit - Right Side

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IN-VEHICLE REPAIR Timing Drive Components —LH Hydraulic Chain Tensioner Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the upper intake manifold. For additional information, refer to Intake Manifold—Upper in this section.
Intake Manifold —Upper Removal
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301). For additional information, refer to Section 414-01 .
  1. Remove the air cleaner outlet tube (9B659); refer to Section 303-12 .
  1. Remove the bolts and the accelerator control splash shield.
  1. Remove the accelerator cable (9A758) and speed control actuator cable (9A825).
    1. Pull up on speed control actuator cable to remove.
    1. Rotate the throttle body cam and remove the accelerator cable from the cam.
  1. Remove the screws, the accelerator cable and speed control actuator cable.
  1. Disconnect the RH upper intake manifold vacuum connection.
  1. Disconnect the idle air control (IAC) valve electrical connector.
  1. Disconnect the TP sensor electrical connector.
  1. Disconnect the engine vacuum regulator (EVR) and the variable induction system (VIS) solenoid electrical connections.
  1. Disconnect the crankcase ventilation hose (6853).
  1. Disconnect the power brake booster vacuum line.
  1. Remove the 12 bolts.
  1. NOTE: Inspect the O-rings and replace as necessary.
    Disconnect the LH fuel vapor management valve (VMV) hose.
  1. NOTE: Inspect the O-rings and replace as necessary.
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  1. Remove the thermostat housing. For additional information, refer to Section 303-03 .
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  1. NOTE: Be sure to install the new oil volume reduction plug supplied with the hydraulic chain tensioner.
    To install, reverse the removal procedure.
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