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Ratcheting Cam Chain Tensioner

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  1. mkp777

    mkp777 Mike SXS Nation Regular

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    Apparently I'm supposed to check this as apart of the maintenance plan of this General 1000.

    I'm assuming since it says, "Check Ratcheting Cam Chain Tensioner" that the chain just needs to appear taught and not slack?

    Now the other question, on what appears to be the valve cover, I'm not sure its a valve cover but its the cover that has the oil cap in it, I see two bolts there in the top.
    Do I simply take those loose, lift off that cover and will that show me the sprockets that have this cam chain to check?

    Am I thinking along the correct lines here?

    I don't want to continue to drive it until I know about that chain and its condition. It sounds crucial and I don't want to void any warranties.

    Thanks,

    M
     
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    I just pulled my factory service manual on this....

    "Cam Chain Tensioner Inspection"

    1) Locate the cam chain tensioner on the MAG side of the engine near the starter.
    2) Remove the plunger bolt and spring
    3) Remove the two tensioner mounting bolts
    4) Push the tensioner lock and manually move the plunger in and out. It should move freely. If it does not, replace the tensioner assy.
    5) Retract the plunger all the way in and install into the cyl.
    6) Install the 2 mounting bolts. Torque to spec.
    7) Install the plunger bolt. Torque fastener to spec.

    Torque Specs:
    - Mounting bolts: 7 ft/lb
    - Plunger bolt: 15 ft/ lb
     
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    mkp777 Mike SXS Nation Regular

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    Do I have to have timing marks somewhere lined up before I do this?
     
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    No. Just don't roll the motor over at all with the cam chain tension loose.
     

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