Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 15:54:51 -0400
From: "Fred W." <>
Subject: Re: 9000 CSE 2.3T Buying tips

"Adrian England" <> wrote in message news:HZ7Pa.7774$ > wrote: > > Someone who looks an awful lot like SimonJ <> wrote: > > > >> Ba;ance shaft tensioner, chains etc stretch and wear badly by > >> 100,000, so make sure it is a reon engine, or budget to replace > >> those also. > > > > Really? I can see maybe the old-style tensioner (pre-87 I think), > > but it's not unusual at all to have the chain last the lifetime of the > > car (300K miles and up isn't unusual). Where are people getting these > > self-destructing trannies and chains, and why aren't they asking about > > them here, I wonder? > > I,ve got a '92 9000 CSE with 160k on it. Hd the head off at 140k all looked > ok? Did you check the timing chain for excess stretch? All you ned to do is remove the chain tensioner small center bolt, then remove the tensioner body. By measuring how far the tensioner protrudes you can determine how badly the chain has stretched. I seem to recall that 9 mm is the chain replacement limit. I have 2 9000's, a '92 Turbo with ~90k miles and a '93 CSET with 120k miles. I had the head off the '93 for a headgasket and inspected the timing chains and sprockets and the chain was right at the wear limit so I put a new one on. The '92 was making a lot of chain noise so I pulled off the timing cover and found the chain tensioner was completely extended and the chain was still slapping around. Obviously the PO didn't take care of it quite as well as I do... I also inspected the sprockets on the '92 and found the crankshaft balance chain sprocket had worn teeth so I put a new one on along with a new balance chain. All the rest of the sprockets looked fine. I think the balance chain crank sprockets were a weak point on some of these earlier engines (91-92's) as I have read other accounts with the same problem. If left too long the balance chanin could be thrown which would take out the timing chain which would then bend the valves (rebuilt head time) YMMV, -Fred --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system ( Version: 6.0.500 / Virus Database: 298 - Release Date: 7/10/2003

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