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    Default Should I be able to put pin straight back into timing belt tensioner?

    I just removed timing belt covers and if I get a steel rivet I can slide it straight back in to lock tensioner pin (still installed on car with belt on). Does that sound right? It's been 12 months and 3000kms since belt replaced. Am thinking maybe I've got a dud tensioner or could it be incorrectly installed?

    I have hand rotated the engine slightly in both directions to line up timing marks (I presume rotating backwards is no problem?) but I suppose that could have taken some tension off the belt?
    The belt is rubbing on the crankshaft pulley guide, not sure if that's just a poor install on my part or because it's not being tensioned properly?
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    Doesn't sound right to me - typically one you pull the pin the tensioner should push out a fair bit and you would need to repress it in a vice to get the pin back in.
    I don't think installation would be incorrect as they only go on one way..

    Perhaps pull the tensioner and see if its doing what is supposed to and reinstall? sounds like the tensioner has had it
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    What belt ?

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    Tensioner stuffed. It requires a lot of force to push the pin back in - vice.
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    very lucky you spotted it now before something went bang

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