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Chain tensioner fail and rattle

Just installed the oil fed Carrera chain tensioner kit on a '77 turbo and the drivers side has some chatter when we fired it up. Tensioner is bleeding down and rattling. Is there any thing that can be done to try and correct that or are we faced with going back to the original chain tensioners with limiters?(my guy has had a few fail in the past and will only do the original tensioners this time if we have to redo) TIA

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are you saying the new tensioners are faulty? I have heard a few cases of this. I just had a pressure fed tensioner fail on me but with 77k miles on it. New ones sorted it right out.
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Yes, the new one on the drivers side failed. Not sure if it's still got air in it but it doesn't seem to be working properly?
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I experienced two tensioner collapses without safety collar and one with safety collar. All before oil fed were available. Noise but no damage and I drove them home.
Still won't pay the extra price over the basic safety collar to upgrade to them.
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I've had three Hyd tensioner failures in two long hoods and one 77. Had one pressure fed failure in the 86 930. All just noise. Drove 500 miles to get home with the failed pressure fed on the 930. You just have to use your head and be careful. Both Hyd and Pressure Fed are a risk. Pressure Fed less risk. Just depends on your on personal preference and risk you care to take.
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Good news. Turns out after firing it up again for a run in it started working. Keeping fingers crossed
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Seems I recall that you are suppose to prime those things before you put them in else they retain air pockets and never really get the proper prime to function correctly. Hard to imagine them just failing like that.
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I have never primed hydraulic tensioners and never had problems with the 4 or 5 I have done over the years just self bleeding post assembly. They run slightly noisy for the first few minutes is all. Mine would rattle intermittently and sometimes I would think it was just air, but gradually got worse until I needed new ones which worked out great.

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