Ford Explorer Timing Chain Rattle Fix (Part 1)




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Rusty Shackleford: This was a night mare for me 1 year ago I changed mine and screwed in the new one with my fingers and it somehow still ended up cross threaded and I’ve had to take it out and put it back in over and over again and it leaks oil like a mother freaker I tried sealing it with jb weld I made new threads with jb weld and tapped it to screw the tensioner in and still the son of a bitch leaked oil and I’m still fighting it to this day and I’m basically screwed so I might need to replace the cylinder head

DFS54: Anyone tried the Cloyes tensioners? They get mixed reviews on Amazon, but they're 1/2 the cost of the Ford parts.
Cloyes numbers for 04 Explorer are:
9-5586 (bottom/rear - the one he's replacing in this vid)
9-5587 (top/front)

WCGwkf: Very simple! Is this on a 96 ford ranger 4.0 v6? My engine recently developed a new noise that could be a timing chain tick if it even has a chain and not a belt

MI Backyard Engineer: My mother has always had a thing for Ford Explorers. Which is strange because she works for General Motors. I do most of her maintenance and repairs. Not really for financial reasons just for comfort and Trust. I can tell you over the years I've learned to hate this motor. All the way back to 1997 when she bought her first xlt until the 2006 she just traded in. Like everyone I see in a parking lot on a cold start rattles. SMH. And I'm not even talking about the thermostat housings and the radiators and all the other problems that happen inevitably. This motor has really changed my opinion on Ford Motor Company and turn me into a Volkswagen fanboy. It pretty much was a dagger in the heart when a friend of mine had his very expensive 6k mile Ford focus RS blow a motor. Come on Ford really.

Kevin Hawkins: Mine had a flat metal gasket

Daniel Harvey: Thank you so much for posting this. This will help me greatly when I change mine.

Justin Case: Would this be the same procedure on a 2007 mustang 4.0 SOHC?

thanks ace: Probably a stupid question, but does the tensioner just screw down all the way back in or do you stop tightening at a specific point?

misael pacheco: That helps a lot how many miles got it in the explorer? Mine shakes and am thinking it's the tensiones

boom doo: How do you know if its the tensioner or the timing chain belt going bad

Andy Pagin: My last 1994 Explorer rattled like crazy but I didn't do anything about it since everyone told me it was an engine out job that would cost more than the car was worth. My 'new' 1998 model is now just starting to rattle and I was resigned to living with it like before. Having seen this video I'll try it out.

I'm in the UK where parts for Explorers are insanely expensive, could someone give me an idea how much a pair of tensioners are in the USA?

Mike Rippey: A chain kit is less than 100$ on ebay. So the 2800 dollar question is simple. Do you need to replace the tensioner or all the timing chain componts? Seems to me a new tensioner on a worn out chain is basicly an engine time bomb....

Sherry Keene: Great video. Thank you. I followed it carefully. I discovered that it's best to prime them. Also, they don't come with the gasket/washer.

My question is, the noise is not gone. It rattles after it's warm and at idle. Can you help give me ideas of what's wrong?

nme 95k: I would like to say thanks! watched this video and followed to the T and 100% accurate. perfect video. on to video #2

Justin1k R: I've had the issue with the cold start rattle and the rattle above 2500rpm. Had primary tensioner in front replaced for 1800 bucks...noise went away but it is back. Should it go away if I replace the other two? what are the part numbers for the other two?

bleedingeyeball27: *****NOBODY CAN FIGURE THIS OUT!!!!I have a 2006 Lincoln Navigator a whirling sound from engine compartment. NOT POWER STEERING, but sounds like that when PS fluid gets low and wheel being turned. No check engine lights or rough idle. Running just fine...for now. Any help would be appreciated. I have a 24 sec video -- https://youtu.be/6UsBO5aPWSA.

bfan64: My 1998 stopped entirely. The mechanic told me the 3 timing chains outside the engine were broken and they thought that it wasn't worth fixing. They said the entire engine had to be pulled to fix which would be very expensive. They said there is also a chain inside the engine which also might break so they recommended replacing engine. (which they don't do) Does this sound right?

Mmmmm Toast: Hi, what is the part number for the lower tensioner? I can find the 6k254a is the top one, but the ford diagram doesn't show the lower one with a part nubmer. Thanks

Matt Casdorph: I thought I'd ask this to make sure I know where these tensioners are, looking toward the motor from the grill area, is the short on on the passenger side on the head near the firewall? and the other on the driver side is toward the belt near the front end of the valve cover? I've never replaced timing chain tensioners before I'm assuming these are the ones since they look like the pictures of the tensioners. Our Explorer started making the rattling noise and I suspected the tensioners upon reading different things online. I would rather try replacing the tensioners since its cheaper to see if it fixes it before getting into checking the timing chain guides, I almost thought it may have been stuck valves but a buddy at the local garage used a stethoscope and came to the conclusion the noise was coming from the timing chain areas.

EDIT: never mind, had I watched the video before asking if those where the tensioner's, my answer was in the video..lol
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