Date registered: Mar 2017
Vehicle: 1984 380SL
Location: North America
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Chain Tensioner Replacement
I sometimes get a "phwap phwap phwap" noise at start up. Very rarely. It definitely isn't a "jingle" and it goes away when oil pressure comes up.
I believe this is a symptom of a tired chain tensioner.
I'm really not in the mood right now for a complete chain, guide, etc replacement. However, looking at the tensioner it looks like it is held in by 3 allen bolts. I know the chain, guides, and everything else were done back in 2006 or 15k miles ago. Yes I know, age is worse than miles.
In the interim, i'd like to buy more time before joining the chain gang.
Is my understanding of R&Ring this part as easy as:
1. Remove 3 bolts
2. Pull out tensioner and gasket
3. Put new gasket and tensioner in
4. Torque down
I find it hard to believe it is that easy. Am I missing something?