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Old 08-24-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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timing tensioner question

So i took out my timing chain tensioner today to change the seal and when it wa out and i compared it to a new one i noticed the new one has a little pin in it.. pic..
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, is my old one supposed to have it??
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should look like:



if its missing the pin with the teeth, yes, that is important.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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The little pin is probably there to keep the tensioner compressed while the screw and spring are installed. I bet if you take the pin out, the tensioner will extend all the way.
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yea the little pin is missing. the one closest to the 27 mm head... so i need a new tensioner?????
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:43 AM   #5
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No, the pin is there only when you install a new one - it keeps the plunger fully retracted. There should NOT be a pin in there when it's in the car, because that's where oil pressure flows to help extend the plunger.
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sweeeeet thanx guys!! The car is up and running.. without AS BAD of a leak.. i swear these things LOVE leaving there mark lmao
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Did you replace the big seal that goes at the base of the tensioner?

Looks like a big oil drain plug o-ring with rubber around the inside edge.

There's a smaller rubber o-ring that sits under the head of the 12mm (or 13mm, whatever) bolt that comes out the top too.
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Did you replace the big seal that goes at the base of the tensioner?

Looks like a big oil drain plug o-ring with rubber around the inside edge.

There's a smaller rubber o-ring that sits under the head of the 12mm (or 13mm, whatever) bolt that comes out the top too.
Yea the big seal is what was leaking.. apparently its a hard seal to come by. saab didnt have it and would be a week before they could get it! But i found an indy import shop that i got 2 from
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