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Vt500 c ticking sound. Cam chain tensioners pretty sure its the cam chain tensioner springs. lost their spring If its been making this noise for a while what else would i need to replace. cam chain? tensioner springs? cam chain guides? cam shaft?

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  • made4boards May 16, 2010

    ok have spare tensioner units. Is it possible to change these without taking the whole engine out?

  • made4boards May 16, 2010

    ok have spare tensioner units. Is it possible to change these without taking the whole engine out?

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You have a self adjusting cam chain tensioner. It is sold as an assembly. Take out the complete unit and replace it with a new one. The springs are not bad , the device that keeps the pressure on the tensioner is slipping causing a ticking sound.

Posted on May 16, 2010

  • David Belcher
    David Belcher May 16, 2010

    I have never done the procedure, but I do believe they are put in from the top of the motor.If removing the fuel tank and valve cover don't give you enough access . You may have to unbolt the motor enough to tilt it. Complete removal is probably not necessary.

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