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Re: I got my timing chain tensioner replaced today (archive)

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Posted by CFL on November 21, 2000 at 23:42:47:

In Reply to: I got my timing chain tensioner replaced today... posted by Pedro Guimaraes on November 21, 2000 at 23:29:31:

I got my timing chain tensioner replaced at GT International here in LA,CA. I know there is some kind of trick to get the piston preoiled and stuff. So this being such a critical component i put it in the hands of professionals.

The total bill was 201.46

Pedro (eres Brasileiro no?),

This is a do-it-yourself (DIY) procedure. The biggest pain is the new spring is hard to compress but with a deep socket to help you start the threads on the tensioner it is much easier. The pre-oiling or bleeding is done through the bleed screw which is similar to the ones on your calipers. Break it open and bleed it, there's also a hole that needs to be blown out to get rid of blockage while doing this, so that oil pumps into the tensioner easier.

Oh well, there's worst things you could've spent those hunerd bucks on. ;-)

Now why do these club racers need people to work on their cars? The way I see it the more you understand the mechanicals behind your car the better racer you will be. Or at least you can diagnose and fix your own car while at the track. Oh hell, I'm poor and they're rich. Que sera sera.

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