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Old 03-22-2014, 09:51 AM
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question about the auto tensioner

I just changed my timing belt (and water pump and crank and cam seals) yesterday.

When I took off the auto tensioner (and replaced it with the awesome kstuned manual tensioner ), I noticed it was really worn on the end. I was sort of curious about how the things worked, so I looked it over really well, and tried to compress it, but it was solid, and wouldn't compress at all. It was like it was seized up. Is that how the auto tensioners are supposed to be? I thought they were supposed to compress when you put them in a vice and try and clamp it together.
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Re: question about the auto tensioner

Honda came out with a updated tensioner that I'm using rite now, my last auto tensioner failed on me but my timing belt was still on, thank god. Well it works like a screw and has a spring inside to, to force the plunger out on the lever to adjust the timing belt. It's not hydraulic but their is oil inside the tensioner to keep things cool and lubed up. You can take the bolt off the bottom and use a flat head screwdriver and move the plunger up and down by tightening it, somebody correct me if I'm wrong but I kinda know about it
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Re: question about the auto tensioner

^^ your right about that. A failed one is able to be compressed my hand. Op your auto tensioner you took off probably isn't bad. Though by changing it you have gained more reliability. I had one fail. I did the h23 conversion. The other route that seems to work and wish I had tried was kaizenspeed's product that keeps the auto setup, but just changes the tensioner itself with a nut bolt and billet housing to bolt in place of the old one.
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Re: question about the auto tensioner

Nice job ditching that thing. I had one fail on me also. And also yeah, like above, there's a little hole in the bottom you can use a screwdriver or allen wrench in to loosen the tension. If you back it out too much though it'll squirt the fluid out and I'm sure that'll ruin it. I also went the H23 tensioner route before going with the Kaizenspeed piece. Both increase reliability tenfold, just the h23 setup is more of a PITA to get all together and installed.
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Nice job ditching that thing. I had one fail on me also. And also yeah, like above, there's a little hole in the bottom you can use a screwdriver or allen wrench in to loosen the tension. If you back it out too much though it'll squirt the fluid out and I'm sure that'll ruin it. I also went the H23 tensioner route before going with the Kaizenspeed piece. Both increase reliability tenfold, just the h23 setup is more of a PITA to get all together and installed.
Yeah, I didn't feel like risking it. And I read about the troubles with installing the h23 setup, and I didn't want to deal with that.
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