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Cam ChainTensioner Replacement

nowshon

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Three questions for those who've had the work done since Ford sent the letters, etc:

1. I haven't gatten a letter but know I need the work done on the cam chain tensioner - how can I check to see if my truck "qualifies"
2. Does the engine just have to make the cam chain noise we all know and love to qualify as needing the repair, or does it have to fail?
3. How long did they take (for those outside of NC)to do the work?

Thanks
 



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had mine replaced >>

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at 58,000 km . it took 1 whole day . it broke on a trip to fla and drove it like that for 4,000 km before they had the parts to fix it . lots of noise but no damage . good luck
 






Originally posted by nowshon
Three questions for those who've had the work done since Ford sent the letters, etc:

1. I haven't gatten a letter but know I need the work done on the cam chain tensioner - how can I check to see if my truck "qualifies"
2. Does the engine just have to make the cam chain noise we all know and love to qualify as needing the repair, or does it have to fail?
3. How long did they take (for those outside of NC)to do the work?

Thanks

All SOHC Explorers built through April 2000 are elegible. If yours makes the rattling noise at start-up you qualify. Fix it before it breaks. My dealer had to order the kit. It took about a week to get the kit in. I brought it back in to get the repair. I dropped it off on a Monday morning, and picked it up on Wednesday afternoon. They didn't start on it until Tuesday, and had to replace my water pump as well. They wanted to drive it Wednesday morning to make sure there weren't any leaks. Since I had to go to work, I let them keep it until Wednesday afternoon since they were picking up the rental car tab.
 






Can somebody tell me about this "letter"? Apparently I've been living in a cave for the last couple of months.... I think they finally got mine fixed (on the SECOND engine, mind you.... the 5th actual repair attempt!) But I'm curious what the letter said.
-Joe-
 






I did not received any letter. All information was from this web page. I can't stand that ratling noise on start up and I decided to bring it to the dealer. I complained about the noise and it happend also at the day of my appointment that the "check engine" light is on. When I described the noise, I emphasized that it's maybe because of the tensioner and insisted that there is a recall. The dealer check there computer and confirmed that there is a recall but they have to order the parts or kit. It took me a week. The fix the tensioner as well as the manifold O-ring. Now the engine sounds so nice on idle.
 






I just got that letter and the recall notice today... I think mine might have been fixed before the recall... they tried 4 different methods on 2 different engines! I think the fourth one might have worked, but either way, I'm not sure I want them monkeyin' around on my car now that it's out of warranty... They're liable to screw something else up in the process!
-Joe-
 






Cam Chain Tensioner

Once again this site pays dividends! I've got my truck scheduled for the service next week, (hopefully) eliminating a major worry for me about long-term durability!

What a great resource we have here.

Thanks!
 






Same here. I did exactly as someone suggested in one of the threads and called Ford today and told them about 00M12. They sent info to a Ford dealership near me and had me call them to make sure they had the parts in. Called them and they immediately set me up for an appointment and told me they had the parts in. I take it in next Monday and should be fixed by that afternoon. Thanks all!
 






Just got my letter today, indicating that the warranty on the timing chain tensioner and intake manifold gasket was being extended to 72000 miles. Along with it came a copy of the Car and Driver article on rollovers (the one where they couldn't get the Explorer to roll). It was a nice little package, considering the situation.
 






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