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Rattling/pinging noise followup. Thoughts?

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by bumpkin, January 2, 2005.

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  1. bumpkin

    bumpkin New Member

    December 15, 2004
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    "02 XLT
    Hi all,

    Thanks again to all who responded to my previous question about this problem; and Happy New Year!!

    After many questions and several mechanics, I am convinced that the source of the rattling/pinging/knocking (???) noise that I hear at around 2500 RPM's coming from the front of the engine compartment is a problem with the "primary timing chain tensioner". As I have unfortunately found out, this is a fairly common and VERY expensive to repair problem with Explorers.
    ( 2002 Exp OHC 47,000 miles).

    I read somewhere on the web that Ford may have offered an extension of the warranty to cover this problem. Am I dreaming? Also, I am contemplating a claim against the dealer that (deliberately?) misdiagnosed the problem when I took the car in with about 200 miles left on the warranty. Ford, I am told, claims that this problem does not affect safety nor longevity. Any thoughts, suggestions or sources of information on any of the above would be very welcomed.

    Best regards.
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