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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:51 PM
Tom1.9 Tom1.9 is offline
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BMW M44 Timing Chain Tensioner

Can my timing chain tensioner be reused? My engine only has less than 50K miles.
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Old 03-29-2014, 06:55 PM
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Why are you replacing it? It's pretty rare for one to be bad at 50k miles.
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:05 PM
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I am wondering because I am replacing my head gasket.
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Old 03-30-2014, 12:59 PM
R. A. Cournoyer R. A. Cournoyer is offline
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Can my timing chain tensioner be reused? My engine only has less than 50K miles.
I just had the timing chain replaced on my 1.9L at 96k mi. The tech examined the tensioner and based on minimal visible wear and good spring force determined it was fine to reuse.

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Old 03-30-2014, 01:41 PM
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Ok thanks!
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Old 03-30-2014, 02:53 PM
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Why did you have to replace a timing chain at 96K miles? It should have easily lasted twice to three times that long.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:40 PM
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Long story. Since I've had the car 16 months an engine noise was getting more noticeable. When my tech was looking for the source of the noise at the front of the motor he found the tensioner fully extended and unusual wear on the chain. Further investigation showed a loose lower chain rail resulting in the loose chain. This was due to damage of the block cover at the lower chain guide fastener boss. The chain and the chain guide were replaced and the block cover was repaired. After repairs and assembly, the chain was tight and the tensioner was in the retracted position. The motor now runs good and is quiet. The problem was the result of the previous owner or someone who worked on the car during his ownership was careless.
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