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Chain tension can you tell me how much up and down movement there should be in the chain please in cm

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Usually you want about 1 -1.6 inches (35-40 mm) from the bottom of the chain to the bottom of the chain when you grab the bottom chain about halfway between the rear sprocket and the front sprocket and move up and down.You should also left the rear wheel off the ground and rotate the chain around both sprockets checking the slack at all points of the chain. If while rotating wheel the chain gets tighter or looser this is a sign that your chain has stretched in one short section and should be replaced. If left on the bike it will either wear out the sprockets a lot faster than normal rate or the chain could break possibly damaging the engine case (very expensive).

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Replacing the Drive Chain on Stairmaster 4000PT
    1. Remove the bottom cover.
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  • Remove the drive chain from the sprockets.
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    • 1 Measure the chain's tension with a ruler. Move the center point of the bottom half of the drive chain with your hand. Take a measurement of the chain's movement as you push the chain up and down as far as it will go. The chain should have a free range of movement between 0.8 to 1.2 inches. If the chain's free range is greater than 1.2 inches, you need to tighten the chain. Alternatively, loosen the chain if it has less than 0.8 inches of free movement.
    • 2 Loosen the large nut on the left side of the rear axle with a 32 mm socket and a socket wrench. If more leverage is needed to loosen the nut, use a long-handled breaker bar.
    • 3 Loosen the chain adjuster blocks on both side of the rear swing arm with a pair of 10 mm wrenches. Hold the blocks' adjustment bolt's head steady with one wrench and loosen the bolt's lock nut with the other wrench.
    • 4 Turn both adjustment bolts an equal number of turns with a 10 mm wrench to adjust the chain's tension. Turn the adjustment bolts clockwise to loosen the chain, or counterclockwise to tighten the chain. Check that the edge of both chain adjuster blocks are evenly aligned with the adjustment marks imprinted on the swing arm.
    • 5 Check the chain's range of free movement again. Make adjustments as needed until the chain has a free range of movement between 0.8 and 1.2 inches.
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I tighten the chain on a chainsaw to the right tension. But the chain comes loose within 30 seconds of operation. The problem persists despite multiple tries of redoing the tension and then operating...

make sure your oiler is working and putting oil to bar/chain, and also make sure when you are trying to tighten chain you lift up on bar at same time to take slack out of chain, cause there is just enough movement in the bar up and down that if you don't hold it up when adjusting it will do what you say yours is doing

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Rattling noise front engine area when I slow down with my 86 sportster, think it may be the belt (not an original HD) Runs great when accelerating, just when eg. slowing down and downshifting in a village...

When is the last time you checked the tension on your primary drive chain? Remove the round plug at the top of the primary cover. You can reach the primary chain through this hole. Use your finger to gauge the up and down movement of the chain. If you need to adjust the chain, on the bottom of the primary is an adjusting bolt with a lock nut. Loosen the lock nut and turn the adjuster upwards to tighten the chain, lower it to loosen the chain. The chain should have 3/8" to 1/2" of movement with the engine cold. Usually the final drive belt won't make a rattling noise since it's a rubber-like compound. It should have a tension of about 1/2" up and down movement with a force of ten pounds applied to it from the underside of the lower run.

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My chain keeps falling of, when i put it back on and tightened the chain tension it brakes the chain. What do i need to do?

The chain shouldn't break from tightening the tensioner. Is this a bad chain? Tension should be tight enough that the chain has about 1/2 inch of back and forth movement in the middle of the longest run.
Let me know if this helps or if you need more information.

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With the chainsaw positioned and with the bar/chain combo loosely assembled properly on the chainsaw power-head. With the guide bar/chain adjuster inserted properly into the bar. Using a rag or wearing gloves. Notice how much up and down movement is at the guide bar tip. You must use this to your best advantage!! With the chain adjuster loose. finger tighten the bar nut or nuts. Hold the bar-chain assembly in the up position. To tension the chain, turn the adjuster in the correct direction to tighten the chain. DO NOT LOOSEN YOUR HOLD ON THE BAR, KEEP THE BAR IN THE UP POSITION. Rotate the chain along the bar to make sure it is free to move back and forth, KEEP THE BAR UP. Tighten the tensioner until the chain just touches the bottom of the guide bar. Check for back and forth movement again. Tighten the tensioner no more than a quarter of a turn. CONTINUE TO HOLD THE BAR UP. Now tighten the bar buts or nut snugly against the sprocket & chain guard cover. Check for movement again. If satisfactorily tight and free movement is attained the chain bar combination is properly adjusted.
This scenario will change with different types and brands of chainsaws. It is always very helpful if posters would include a modicum of make, model information with their queries.

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How do I tighten the chain on a 1979 Honda CB 400 Hawk?

loosen rear axle bolt and nut, tighten chain tensioner at rear axle,use the nut on the tension bolt to lock it down to the same calibrated distance(about 3/4 inch chain slack movement up and down not a total of 1 1/2) when the axle alignment is the same on left and right tighten the axle nut and bolt,lube the chain. Make sure you adjust the rear brake tension to make up for the wheel being moved toward the rear.

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Are you holding the nose of the bar up as you tighten the bar nuts?
You loosen the bar nuts and gravity pulls the bar down. You check the chain and the tension is correct, tighten bar nuts. Begin a cut and the bar slowly moves upward (no matter how tight the bar nuts) and the chain becomes slack.
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  1. Make sure the chain brake is off (gloves will protest your fingers).
  2. If necessary, loosen the bar nuts that are clamping the clutch cover in place (or whatever holds the clutch cover and bar on). They don't need these really loose - finger tight will do.
  3. Ease the tension adjustment until the chain is obviously loose.
  4. Using one hand, hold the nose of the bar up.
  5. While holding the nose up, adjust the tensioner so that the center of the chain just touches the underside of the bar, add a touch more.
  6. Continue holding the nose of the bar up & tighten up the bar nuts / bolts / quick-release system.
One more likely possibility, is the chain isn't being oiled.
Checking chain lubrication
Aim the tip of the bar at a light colored surface about 20
cm (8 inches) away. After 1 minute running at 3/4 throttle
you should see a distinct line of oil on the light surface. HTH

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