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Old 03-29-2010, 01:15 PM
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Timing chain or vacuum pump?

Upon start up there is an intermittant noise that sounds like a ball bearing banging around in a metal can (very loud). The noise levels out as rpm increases, but is still there. I have parked the car.
I have removed the vacuum pump and on the top side of the roller bearing, at a specific location, the ball bearings drop out of view then come back up. Rotation of bearing is also rough. I have not yet (pending input) disassebled the vacumm pump.
Due to the weather in my outdoor garage I have not been able to measure the timing chain stretch.
82 240D 300,000+

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Bernie
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:29 PM
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New Vacuum Pump

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'Not a bad idea to check that chain for wear(Stretch) @ that milage,though.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:16 PM
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I would find another ride until you are sure what is causing the sound. If the drive end of the Vacuum Pump falls apart and dumps into your Timing Gears/Chain all kinds of awful stuff can happen.
And, then there is the issue below:
New Vacuum Pump Ruined due to too much Timer Shaft End Play (the title from my notes).
second vacuum pump, help! on a trip-Toronto
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:07 PM
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take it from me....save money later by getting them both checked out now. I had my timing chain break a year or so back which destroyed the engine. After much studying and searching I found a replacement engine only to have its vacuum pump explode at highway speeds a few months after installation. (after replacing the vacuum pump, installing a new timing chain, and having to tweak some resultant injection issue,somehow that engine is back and purring like a kitten....knock on wood)
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:23 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dseUEVVGsAw
I hope this will help!
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