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    If I pull the rocker covers would I be able to see the tensioner to verify the problem?
    are these engines prone to the valves hitting the piston if the chain jumped a tooth?
    though I don't think it did it runs to smooth for that.
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    The only thing you can see with the cam covers off are the secondary chains and secondary tensioners

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    looks like from that picture that possible you could see a sliver view of the driver side tensioner but not the right one.
    at least I should be able to tell if it's a plastic or steal tensioner
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    Curious that this started after an oil change.

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    I bought the car a little over a year ago and it did not have a motorcraft filter on it when i bought it and I didn't put motorcraft filters for the last two oil changes, I did not know about this issue, so it's well over a year that it has had off brand filters on it. And when I bought it it did have an annoying tick but from what I have read that's normal for these engines.

    there is silicone around the cover so the cover has been off before for some reason, maybe they put cheap parts on when they fixed last time.

    I have started tearing it down but I'm slow so it will take me awhile to get it opened up, I have the water crossover and alternator off, next I'll get the rocker covers off tomorrow.

    I see the a timing kit from Melling is about the same price as the Ford performance kit, I wonder which is better? both have steal tensioners, of course Melling probably makes the ford part also
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    Buy ford parts. Zack here has a list of tensioners guides and gaskets. Those are $231.30 shipped from tasca. You can save time by lifting the cam covers and not removing them. Reuse the chains, might run 5w20 and 10w30 mix on the future oil changes
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    I don't know with 130k on those chains, I think it would be smart to buy new ones. those are long chains and I"m sure they stretch over time.
    Is there an issue with removing the cam covers? I have read in a mustang chassis the clutch/brake masters has to be removed is that a problem on the marauder?

    Ok I'm reading the right side cam cover is a tight fit. I wonder if taking the plenum off would give enough clearance to remove it completely.
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    Remove passenger engine mount 18mm nut located straight up through the engine cradle, jack up the engine. The cover will come off with ease.


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    what about the driver side? that one also look tight
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