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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-19-2013, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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timing chain tensioner

I am replacing the lash adjusters and timing chains ,although they seem ok,on my 95 T-bird 4.6 and I am not sure which timing chain tensioner goes right and which goes left,I may have inadvertently switched them.they are not marked and they seem to be identical,is the internal valving different or what?

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You'll notice there is a bit of a lip in that area designed to hold them away from the block. Install them so the lip is facing the block and the flat part is facing the timing cover.

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Oh derp, I was thinking guides. The tensioners themselves are marked L and R.

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...unless he has some aftermarket units, which may or may not be labeled at all.....
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I was under the impression that most aftermarket units were interchangeable side to side. Better check with manufacturers catalog just to be safe.

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checked different autoparts stores

checked different autoparts stores and they all list a left and a right but the tensioners I have are not marked they are identicle.I just went ahead and installed them, the engine is running fine and sounds fine.
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Hope you did the valve seals too!
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no didn't do valve seals,engine does not smoke when I start it up,should i have?
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