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Old 12-25-2018, 09:41 AM   #21
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Thanks for that info, i actually propped it up better when it came to lifting the engine out.

i'm not sure what happened with that tensioner. i did the bleeding process. it just didnt want to hold up i guess.
i'll see if my email to gates does anything.
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:43 AM   #22
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what bleeding process? as far as i know there is no bleeding process on the tensioner if that's what you're referring to.
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Old 12-25-2018, 12:06 PM   #23
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isnt that what its called?
Press in and let out the knob slowly a few times to release the air.
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Old 12-25-2018, 01:13 PM   #24
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I just read as recently as February this year another person on NASIOC having a failed Gates timing tensioner. I recommend you replace that tensioner with an OEM unit, set the timing and see if you need to pull your heads off. A failed tensioner can sound like what we hear in your video.

I've only used OEM, and have only compressed it one time to set the pin in place to install on the engine.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:50 AM   #25
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I jumped the gun thinking it was a bent rod *because thats all i found online*
until i pulled the motor and took off the timing cover and saw the tensioner was floppy.
I took off the driver side valve cover to find the exhaust cam cap bolts were loose.
I already have a plan to get everything swapped over to the new shortblock.
I will open a claim with gates and see where that goes.
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:37 PM   #26
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https://youtu.be/4_hMUx43Q-4

Amazon will only offer a refund for that faulty tensioner.
I bought new oem tensioner/pulleys.
Took everything off the intake manifold to clean it, debating if I want to paint it or not.
Slowly putting it back together
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:43 AM   #27
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While the motor is out, waiting on a few parts in the mail.
Decided to cover the bumper beam with some rustoleum, also the battery tray area.
I will be doing the same to the rocker panels under the side skirts, and also the trunk.
some before and after pics.







Need to clean the back of the engine bay,
and figure out the wire harness right above the downpipe.
I took out all the engine A/C stuff so the wire harness lays to close to the wideband sensor, which is a heated sensor.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:27 PM   #28
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I flipped the wire harness grommet upside down in Hope's to get it away from the wideband sensor. But it made it worse. Any ideas?
https://m.imgur.com/gallery/CwdIjQw
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:17 PM   #29
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Wrx swap start up gc8 bad timing belt tensioner - YouTube
ITS ALIVE!!!
was real worried there was still something wrong.
new tensioner/pulleys from subaru.
Fired right up
not to button up some stuff on the front end.
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:08 AM   #30
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Wrx bent valves - YouTube

after running it a bit longer, i hear some valved flapping around in there. so thats cool
Looks like i'm putting my IAG stage 2 block to use now.
i'm very disappointed i spent all that time and money and didn't test the valves when the engine was out....
live and learn.
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