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Thread: Timing chain tensioner tool

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    RDwizard is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Timing chain tensioner tool

    I am doing a head gasket on a 98 Deville (in the car) and I don't really want to pull the harmonic balancer and timing chain cover. I am considering making a tool to insert in between the chain to hold the tensioner tight while I pull off the heads. If I can make a tool to do this, do you think that it will be difficult to set the cams back to where they were before I took the heads off? I'm thinking that as long as I lock the flywheel and mark the cam sprockets, I should be able to reassemble and not have to mess with the timing. Give me some feedback.

    Ray


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    zonie77 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Timing chain tensioner tool

    Sure.

    Show us the tool when you build it. The tensioner is hard to get to with the heads on but if you can design something show us.

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    RDwizard is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Timing chain tensioner tool

    You were right. It is a lot easier to remove the timing chain cover. BTW, I used a torque multiplier to get the harmonic balancer bolt off. It worked great. Having the right tools is important.

    P.S. I am doing the head gasket with the motor in the car. I just got both heads off. '98 Deville...........

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    zonie77 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Timing chain tensioner tool

    Doing them in the car is possible. Several people have done it. It's just the hardest way to do it.


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