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I think my timing chain tensioner(s) is on the way out. Quite a lot of 'chatter' at the moment, no loss of power, no smoke and still starts on the button. Where can I source tensioners,can I do the job by removing radiator and working my way in (with minimum dismantling of components i.e. a/c pipes etc). Obviously I am not using the vehicle.

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You can get a tensioner from auto zone or any parts dealer. Just have to take things off till you can get to it. Are you up for the job or not? Just remember how to put the parts back together. Get a repair manual. Helps a lot.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

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