Sorry, it never even crossed my mind you were working on the timing chain.
First remove the upper intake manifold, valve covers, vibration damper, and timing cover.
Let's see how well I can describe this. Start by rotating the crankshaft until you see a small triangular timing mark on the left camshaft sprocket. That mark should be straight up and there should be two darker-colored chain links, one on each side of that mark.
At the same time, a small round dot on the right camshaft sprocket should be straight up and it will be in the middle of a single dark-colored link.
Next, look at the crankshaft sprocket. There should be a single dark link at about the 4:00 position. There will be a half-round mark to the left of the link, on the sprocket, and a triangular mark to the right of the link on the oil pump housing.
Resetting the tensioner requires a special tool. It has a pin to unseat the check ball so the oil can be drained out with hand pressure. Next, turn the tensioner over and insert that end into the tool and push it together to collapse it. It looks like you might be able to do all of that with a pick and not with the special tool.
Nothing is said about locking the tensioner in the retracted position with a temporary pin so it must latch by itself. Once installed, you are supposed to use a flat blade screwdriver to lightly pry the tensioner arm away from the chain, towards the tensioner, then release it. Apparently that is supposed to unlock the tensioner and it will spring out and put pressure on the arm.
The engine will be noisy for up to ten seconds after start-up.
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 AT 5:30 PM