had the same problem
I had to turn the engine over (with the oil filter removed and no oil) a bunch of revolutions then let it sit for awhile (hours) for the excess oil behind the tensioner to drain. I was in no hurry so I took a couple of days repeating this process. I was finally able to compress the tensioner enough to slide the drill bit in. It was a pain no less but once you get the drill bit in the cam removal was easy. don't forget to tie off the cam to the gear wheel with tie wraps. good luck
Originally Posted by Rethy
Okay I had the same problem when I did the 12K service. Everything is easy EXCEPT!!! Relieving pressure on the timing chain. Gunsmoke directions indicate using a screwdriver to compress. Mine barely moves and I am butchering the aluminum part of the tensioner. I have tried turning engine over to relieve pressure from the pump as described but makes no difference. No. 30 drill bit is .128--a .125 drill bit is what I am trying to use. I suspect there is an easier way to compress the tensioner. I am puting enough pressure to lower the tensioner with a large screwdriver that any more may break something. I have been using the cast around the bolt for extra tension for leverage but does not appear effective. In my description, can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?--------Thanks, Rethy
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