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09-07-2004, 07:45 PM
Anyone familier with a low RPM chatter (idle to 1500 RPM). Please advise with remedy; mechanic says they aaded to a new spring + adjusted the tensioner.

Michael A
09-07-2004, 09:40 PM

09-08-2004, 12:26 AM
The 750 tensioner is the only adjustable one.
You can try blowing out the oil passage behind the tensioner. There is an allen plug there.
The popular tensioner upgrade is from an E36 M3. It will quieten the chain in most cases. How many miles are on your engine? John
88 ///M3 Cinnabar
84 318i Black

:: Mick ::
09-08-2004, 03:10 PM

09-08-2004, 03:40 PM
mine only did it sometimes at startup for no more than a minute, I never revved it, so I wouldn't know if it went away above 1500rpm

I recently had the E36 tensioner installed and now it's always quiet.

Strange though is that my original tensioner has a thingie on the end that looks like an oil nipple, I haven't seen that on the e30performance site

greetings, Frank

09-08-2004, 05:13 PM
It is normal for the chain to rattle after removing/installing the tensioner. It loses oil prime and it will take about 30 to 45 seconds for the oil pressure to build back up. I used a pistol type oil can and some hose to fill the tensioner before startup. It didn't rattle at all. John
88 ///M3 Cinnabar
84 318i Black

09-10-2004, 07:31 AM
I ahve it in my car since 2000, with no problem, no rattling, and is adjustable.


1988 Henna red M3
1989 325I Turbo

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