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Old 09-18-2011, 12:26 PM
Gen1dak Gen1dak is offline
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Sounds very fishy to me. The timing chain and gear set should still be very tight. This is the same design that'd run over 100,000 miles in the 273, 318, 340, and 360 going all the way back to the mid-60's. The tensioner was added in the '90's and is not known for failing. It does eventually wear out, but we are talking about a part that has run well over 200,000 miles without failure. 10,000 miles? I find this very suspicious. And since there's only 10k on the chain, there's very little stretch, and very little stress or wear on the tensioner. Truck should run fine. The tensioner is there to maintain optimal timing for the fuel injection and ignition. It takes up the slack in the chain as it wears. Yours would have only an inkling of slack. Early Magnums didn't even have these tensioners, so again, it's not engine critical, and lacks the heft to damage the chain. Have they pulled the timing chain cover? Until they showed me what they claim, I wouldn't believe it.

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