Re: RE: Timing Chain questions...

From: John Dunlap (
Date: Thu Mar 25 2010 - 22:01:50 EDT

should be necessary only if you have rotated the engine with the old
chain off.....

On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM, Chris <> wrote:
> When replacing the timing chain, I found directions that require you to
> rotate the engine to TDC, use a needle gague, etc... to get all the
> alignment back together.  Is this really necessary?
> --
> Chris Reck
> Bloomington, IL
>>> '99 Dakota Sport + CC 4x4 V6 (Deep Amethyst)
>>> "It's not the meat, it's how you apply the rub"
> ("Ray Block") wrote in
> news:57FDEA04861040C2B91A3D85B3AD43F9@Dakota:
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Brian
>>> Every engine builder I've ever talked to has said not to use the
>>> tensioner,
>>> especially if you are using a high quality timing chain set because
>>> they are
>>> not needed.  I bought one for my truck when I had my motor built up,
>>> and the
>>> guy said to throw it away because they are junk and as they wear out,
>>> the stuff gets into the oil then gets circulated around the motor.
>>> brian cropp
>> While I also believe a tensioner is not *necessary* with a new, high
>> quality timing chain, it may be worth noting that they are standard
>> equipment on newer magnum well as a multitude of other
>> engines from Chrysler and other manufacturers.
>> I would however disagree with your guy who says they are "junk" (see
>> previous sentence) and I don't believe for a moment that anything
>> wearing off a tensioner (nylon/Teflon?) is going to get "circulated
>> around the motor".   That's what oil filters are designed to prevent.
>>  :)
>> Ray
>> Photos & Specs:


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