How to install timing chain tensioner?

Tiny
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  • 2005 TOYOTA ECHO
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Hello there gentlemen, may I please get some guidance on installing a timing belt tensioner on this car listed above?
i have done a timing tensioner replacement before but this particular vehicle has a somewhat different type of tensioner. The way I see it you just install and remove clip unlike the others where I had to turn the engine to get it to release. I see no locking mechanism on this actual tensioner. Anyhow just need some extra information before I get started. Thank you in advance.
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 AT 1:43 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning,

There is a pin that goes into a slot for the tensioner. You install the pin and bolt it to the block.

When you have everything lined up, you remove the pin and it will tension up the chain. Verify the marks are still correct after you pull the pin.

Roy
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 AT 3:51 AM
Tiny
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I see the pin but there's no slot to place the pin if I'm seeing this correctly. So basically what I'm seeing is that there's nothing on the tensioner for the pin to hold on to. I apologize If I'm confusing you. So there's a hook that would hook on to a little piece that usually sticks off the actual tensioner. So the hook is there but that piece to hook on to is not on the tensioner. That's why I'm wondering whether this black piece that's on here is the release mechanism. I've attached a photo of the actual part itself the last photo I circled the piece I'm talking about that's not attached to the part I have. Hope this helps.
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 AT 4:18 AM
Tiny
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You may have the incorrect part as it needs to have the hole.

Is that tensioner a factory part or aftermarket?

Roy
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 AT 4:36 AM
Tiny
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Got it, off Rock Auto. Might have been aftermarket maybe I may look online again. Thank you for the info.
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 AT 4:43 AM
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I would go over to the dealer. Get a look at theirs.
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 AT 4:54 AM
Tiny
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Will do thank you again.
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 AT 2:28 PM
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You are welcome.

Always glad to help.

Roy
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 AT 2:35 PM

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