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I'm doing the timing chain tensioner and mine seems to be stuck. Anyone have advice on how to get it out? The plastic end just pulled out but actual tensioner is not budging.
No. Mine came out fine when I changed it last year.

You need to post this question the engine section where it is more likely to be seen.
 

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it'll be fine, hope you're using an OEM type not a fugly add in,
 
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Discussion Starter · #134 · (Edited)
Alternator done. No hassle. Much quieter now. Once off it wasn't as noisy as I expected but was black inside and smelled burnt.

Top tip: It's easier to unplug and disconnect the wiring from the alternator once it has been unbolted from the engine. Refitting is the same. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DISCONENCTED THE BATTERY FIRST.

I couldn't get to the fan resistor unless I took the radiator out to split it from the fan. As I have no spare coolant, that wasn't going to happen today. I will get a new thermostat and OEM water pump and do a few jobs together later.
 

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Because I didn't fancy geting oilly hands and reaching behind the engine I coughed up for four hours labour today at my local garage to get a new gasket fitted to the oil filter housing and oil cooler o rings. That's two less leaks.

They also found a small split in a CV gaitor so that got changed too.

On to the next job(s).
 

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rain is indeed stopping play right now, got a front end to rebuild ffs! Joys of an outdoor workshop :rolleyes:
 
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