Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Elk Creek, Kentucky
Attention - Timing chain tensioners
"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.
2003 green Rinny (12,400 miles), "25" Bighorn Radials (white letters out) full of extra slime, water pump mod, no warning labels, E Trex, everything else like Mr. Honda made it. 2000 XR 400r (est 3,500 miles). RIDE RED EVEN IF ITS GOT GREEN PLASTIC!
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