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Posted by Steven [Email] (more from Steven) on Sun, 8 Sep 2019 11:50:37 Share Post by Email
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So can anybody explain to me the actual reason for hydraulic fluid in the tensioner itself. I understand the spring and the function of the tensioner but why the hydraulic fluid. Is there any reason I couldn't just fill it with a little bit of Grease. The rubber has started to deteriorate.I was just thinking I can put grease back in it and it would still function the same way. I would put some silicone over the deteriorating rubber so the grease would not come out. Yes I'm aware you can still buy them I have a new one on the way.but I have three of them laying around with deteriorated rubber and the hydraulic fluids leaking out but they still function because it's just a spring inside. Good idea to do that or not.

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