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Old 03-30-2009, 09:59 AM
J. M. van Swaay J. M. van Swaay is offline
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Yes, the pin can be installed after the cover is in place. The hole in the cover probably will not line up exactly with the hole in the chain guide, but the tapered end of the pin will be enough to "self align" the holes as the pin is advanced. (if not, you may have to use a drift pin or similar tool to slightly position the chain guide....)

You probably know this already, but be sure to reinsert the chain tensioner plunger to the first (most slack) postion before reinstalling. Failure to do this could result in snapped off camshaft ends and or other very unpleasant problems.

J. M. van Swaay
1994 E320 Wagon, 230,000 miles
1995 E320 Sedan, 106,000 miles
1994 E500 Sedan, 79,000 miles
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