Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Originally Posted by Rethy
For the most part the instructions in gunsmoke were a major help. All exhaust valves were okay and 6 intakes were too tight with only 14K on a 2005. My only problem is I am not certain the allen wrench I used made it thru the cam chain tensioner. It went in close to 2 inches with some finagling so I thought I was thru. When I removed the cam sprockets there seems some tension on the chain. Is this normal? I can feel a little resistence on the allen but seems like not much and that is why I think I may have missed the hole in the tensioner. Hope this is enough info.------Thanks, Rethy
You have to push the lower tensioner rail down with a screwdriver to get the tool in. You have to put down pressure on the tensioner rail and hold it for a little while so that it slowly moves down. It will not move fast, so that is where most people goof, thinking that they just push down and insert the tool. You have to force the oil out of the cylinder through a very small hole until the tool slips into a groove (easily) in the end of the piston to keep the spring from pushing it back out.
There is one serious error in the gunsmoke instructions. NEVER remove the spark plugs before doing the valve checks! This is stated in the BMW service literature. The reason is that when you remove the plugs small flakes of carbon may be dopped down into any open exhaust valves, then when you rotate the engine to check them the valve may be held slightly open by the debris, and you get a false clearance reading.
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