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Old 01-21-2010, 08:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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"Rinconruss, the tensioner noise is easy to trouble shoot. Trying to diagnose a sound that is recorded is very hard. Just pull the tensioner and check it. I pulled mine just to check it and it was sticking a little so I replaced it. Took less time than it takes me to smoke a cigar.

Don't wait for noise because at that point, the timing chain has already been running loose and may be irreversibly streched. At that point, a new tensioner will just buy you time until you will need a complicated repair. "

The above reply was made on another thread but it occurred to me that people are waiting too long to check the auto timing chain tensioner. Many on this site have had them stick and create noises in the motor. I advise checking them at the next oil change you perform. I replaced mine 2 years ago, and have checked to the new one again...its fine.

When they stick I suspect the timing chain will get loose and slap the guides wearing them and accelerating the issue. If its loud you have waited too long.
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Good post Corn. Great reminder for people. It only takes a minute to do.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice post Corndog,Dont do what I done I let mine go to long and the timing chain jumped off and turned out to be a very costly repair. If you think it is bad replace the tensioner.
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I've noticed a rattle lately on mine, have around 3000 miles on it now. I better check it I guess. Thanks for the reminder CD.
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how do you check em. if it is that easy to get to I ought to check mine here soon. with over 2000 miles on the quad so far I don't want to have to tear the whole thing down.
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i replaced mine @ 3100 miles cause i was concerned about a little noise, and it took care of the noise, and gave me some peace of mind!!!!!!, good insurance and real easy to replace
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bigben - I did a thread that focused on the check. I have burned a few brain cells up since then. Can somebody post the link thingey you computer guys are so good at.

If you can't find it PM me and I will describe it again.
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Corn, is this the one? Tensioner
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No, there is a better one where I describe how to take it out and put it back in. This thread was more about seeing how far out it should be. Actually both threads are useful. This one and the other one thats still MIA.
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I found it....see "Help me please"
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