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Better tensioning, especially with worn guides (m) (archive)

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Posted by John A on June 26, 2002 at 03:53:54:

In Reply to: E36 Tensioner.. posted by Hooman89M3 on June 26, 2002 at 02:35:17:

If you are above 100K miles with the original timing chain and guides, you are susceptible to timing chain rattle on startup. The E36 tensioner does a better job of tensioning the chain before oil pressure can take over.
The E36 tensioner is a snap to install, especially if you unbolt the AC compressor and do it from below.
If you have no rattle, I wouldn`t mess with it.
88 ///M3 Cinnabar
Why do people say that we should replace our tensioners with one from an E36 M3? Also, is this a difficult process, and what kind of difference will it make?

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