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Im going to gamble a little and replace the tensioner. Im almost %100 certain its leaking from the front cover right below the bottom tensioner bolt though. I tried to reseal it twice yesterday. Once with RTV (which didnt seem to cure properly) and another time with Yamabond sealant which should be similar to the Toyota product for sealing cases. Still dripping however, I applied the sealant to the mounting flanges and not to the o ring area. I removed the serpentine tensioner, cruise control and valve cover to have a better look, degreased the air several times with the tensioner removed and still see a slight seep. Possibly an accumalation of oil in a small pocket between the front cover and block.
I hope so.
Question for those in the know...
Is it normal to have a rather noisey chain after reinstalling for a minute or so? Maybe due to bleeding air from the tensioner? A fast idle seemed to smooth it out pretty quickly. I understand the tensioner is hydraulic and probably the case here..I still dont like the off idle noise from the chain but couldnt help notice there have been lots of changes in the timing gear parts during that year model. The Toyota parts clerk told me there is 3 tensioners for that year..
My vehicle DOM is 12/97. P/N 13540-22020 was ordered.
Last edited by chuck*47*; 06-09-2008 at 01:59 PM.