When I disassembled the camshaft, I carefully put the #30 drill bit in the hole in the front of the engine and after some effort it slid all the way in. So I assumed that the chain tensioner was disabled. When i pulled the second sprocket off I found out differently. The sprocket was pulled from my fingers and I knew I needed some help.
Does anyone have experience disabling the cam chain tensioner after disassembly? I could really use some ideas. I assume I can use a long screw driver but I am not sure whether i need to remove the drill bit first or do I leave it in? I cannot see the tensioner, so it is a blind effort to get the screw driver to work. It seems the only way I can get the screw driver in is by removing the bottom sprocket and chain and go in from the bottom. is the tensioner then underneath the chain from this position. Should i just work the screw driver under the chain and then try to collapse the tensioner?
If you have done this before please give me some pointers.
thanks in advance,
This subject has been discussed recently within another thread,
The Thread TITLE/SUBJECT has to do with a trip preparation to Alaska, so you might have missed it.
More info below with another link to a previous post,
The short answers to your questions:
1) It is much easier to re-insert the pin into the tensionner BEFORE the sprockets are removed. I understand that in your case it is a bit late for this...
2) If you press with a long tool at proper place, you can force the tensionner piston down AND then you will be able to re-insert the pin (drill bit or tool). See picture below: RED arrow is place to push down - the YELLOW arrow is where the tensonner piston is pushing-up unto this rail. BE CAREFULL as to push only on the metal part of this lower rail (not the plastic inside part). See CLYMER manual for more pictures of the internals if you need....
Picture is showing without timing-cover in place for clarity - of course you are doing this with your cover in place, so you need a good light shining inside to see where to push.
3) Do NOT ROTATE engine while the tensionner is locked in down position (or half way down). Wait until the pin (drill bit) is removed and sprockets + camshafts are installed and tightened, before you rotate engine.
You will get a lot more details and some pictures to help you if you start from this link below, and CONTINUE READING UNTIL THE END of thread.