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Old 12-31-2002, 05:20 PM
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I can't for the life of me get the Timing Chain Tensioner bolt to tread. The spring is to much for my little fingers to overcome. Please does anyone have a trick to this. I don't want to take off the smog pump.
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Old 12-31-2002, 07:25 PM
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I have struggled with this a time or two on the 617 engines. The way I do it is to back out the plug behind the spring until it is down to the last 4-5 threads then start the tensioner mounting bolts. I use a socket on the plug to PUSH hard until I can get the mounting bolts started then tighten everything down. You can do it this way but it will wear you out.
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Old 01-01-2003, 10:45 AM
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Have you taken the tensioner mechanism out and "recycled" the plunger? If not, do not try to force anything.

I believe it would be really helpful to get your hands on a diagram of the tensioner. You need to thoroughly understand how it works to prevent any damage. If you have restarted the plunger, it should go in easily.

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Old 01-22-2003, 01:32 AM
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I am happy to say that my 190 E is back up and running well. Thanks to all who helped. Hope this thread can help others. Larry thanks for your detailed responses and time, it made a world of difference.

I still have one problem with the car. It still has a sight vibration on heavy acceleration between 25-34 mph. It only happens on acceleration. It's got me stumped. I replaced the rt, lt, and center tie rods, damper, idler arm, front shocks, and mounts. Had the car aligned and wheels balanced. Very little change.

Thanks again
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