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    Question Can chain tensioner

    anybody no were i can get a cam chain tensioner from

    has annybody used the one from ebay (china) Ł50

    ive spoke to audi and the prices were:

    timing chain Ł51
    timing chain tensioner Ł142
    timing chain gaskets Ł7.15

    which i think is a bit excessive

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    Personally I wouldn't touch anything off eBay. The cam chain is very important, I'd only use Audi mate. Sorry, probably not what you want to hear!

    Just out of interest why do you need a new one?
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    Yeh there just so exspensive, ill have to ring audi up tommoz and get one ordered

    im changing it as i can here a metalic sort of noise when reving between 2k - 3k coming from that side of engine. it could just be one of the runners is worn, but i don't want to do all the work and find out its not cured. i will also be changing the chain as well as ive got to change the cam belt as there is a funny noise coming from down there some were aswell

    please see my other thread regarding that:

    1.8t noise Problems

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    If I was you i'd get a 2nd opinion before you shell out all that cash mate just incase it's not the chain tensioner.
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    Timing chain tensioner Ł152!!??? Baragain

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    Usually 350

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    I got one from the US, via eBay, but a private deal, for my AMK last year. Cost me Ł125 delivered, instead of the Ł300 odd Audi wanted! Done ~5k miles so far and all is hunky-dorey. I think Tufty did the same and his motor is running slightly more power than mine. The non VVT ones are a lot cheaper both from Audi and from the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finesse View Post
    Usually 350
    Thats for a VVT

    Quote Originally Posted by finesse View Post
    Timing chain tensioner Ł152!!??? Baragain
    None VVT price
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    I bought a vvt from ebay for about Ł150 with all the gaskets and was perfectly fine. Ran it for about 6k and was fine until my cambelt snapped and the electronic part blew for some reason. If it wasnt for my cambelt snapping i would say i would still be running it.
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    Tuffty is also using a non-OE one currently with no problems as far as I know.

    For the VVT ones, it's worth it for the cost saving, for the non VVT ones, I'd stick with genuine.
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    cheers guys, well looks like we are going to audi then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welly View Post

    For the VVT ones, it's worth it for the cost saving, for the non VVT ones, I'd stick with genuine.
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    Hy Guys,
    I know its been a while, just rebuilding my motor and have timed the cams/chain. The bottom of the chain is loose around the lower tensioner and I cant remember if there was a spring on the bottom to provide tensioning like the later BAM style units?
    Should there be slack until the oil pressure builds? Motor not in the car yet so cant try that
    dov

 

 

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