Q: Rattling from timing chain tensioner

asked by on

I can hear a rattling on top of the motor where the timing chain tensioner is.

Hello. Ford motors commonly have a problem with the timing chain making noise over time. Most of the time, the problem is that the timing chain guides are worn out. This could be causing the timing chain to hit metal and could also explain the rattling noise you are hearing. It may be necessary to have your timing chain, timing chain guides, and timing chain tensioner replaced. A certified technician should take a look at your vehicle to properly pinpoint and fix the noise that you’re hearing.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Rattling from timing chain tensioner

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Belt squeaks on start-up when cold or damp outside but squeak only last for few minutes

You should have the belt and tensioner checked to see if the belt is worn or stretched beyond its limit causing the tensioner to not keep it tight and allowing it to slip when damp or wet. Remove the belt...

Q: Gear shift lever stuck in park

Hi. Your shift lock switch may be engaged. It will be in one of two places. On the top of the steering column of the instrument cluster or right by the shifter itself above the Park icon on the shift...

Q: Have 91 ford explorer hearing clinking rattle when in gear have looked at flywheel with camera no cracks all bolts tight any idea

Hi Robert. Thanks for contacting us today. If the flywheel is solidly attached, with no cracks and bolts are all torqued correctly, then the noise is likely coming from the transmission, input or output shaft or possibly even the axles....

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.