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Old 01-15-2018, 01:03 AM   #1
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Default Timing belt tensioner help

Hey guys I have a 2007 Saturn Vue with the 3.5 L Honda V6. I am noticing a ticking noise that makes it sound like a diesel engine when it is cold that seems to go away when the car warms up and I am thinking that it is the timing belt tensioner. My question is what parts exactly do I need to replace the timing belt tensioner correctly and how big of a job is it? Thanks!

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Old 01-15-2018, 02:45 AM   #2
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Welcome to SaturnFans, Sparta!

While I don't drive a VUE with that engine, I do have an Acura MDX with the same one. First of all, a ticking noise is not likely to be caused by a tensioner. It is more likely to come from an engine source, perhaps related to the valve train. Secondly, replacement of the tensioner is effectively that of replacing of the timing belt as you must expose all of that area to access the tensioner. Fiscally therefore, it makes no sense to replace a tensioner by itself. Assuming your idea is correct and the tensioner is the issue then be prepared as it's a big job.

IMO, what you need is a better diagnosis of this problem. How long has this noise been going on? Is it related to cold weather only or did it occur in warm weather also? What is the mileage and maintenance history of this vehicle?

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Old 01-15-2018, 08:03 AM   #3
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Sounds more like the valves out of adjustment.

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Old 01-15-2018, 09:44 AM   #4
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how many miles on the vue? is it due for a timing belt job? our 03 vue has 50k miles on the last timing belt and we are at 6yrs. my kid is ready for a different vehicle so we are debating the next timing belt job
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Old 01-15-2018, 09:49 AM   #5
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Default Re: Timing belt tensioner help

Hey guys, thanks for replies! So the Saturn has 110k miles on it and has a great history of maintenance. I donít think the timing belt was ever replaced though. I just did a google search and people pointed to the tensioner. Also, it only started doing it this winter, Iím in Michigan and itís been getting down to -30. Before the cold came, the noise wasnít there at all.

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Old 01-15-2018, 09:56 AM   #6
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Timing belt due at 100K although the one in these is pretty durable and have seen them go twice as long in ideal conditions, -30 isn't ideal. Rubber gets brittle and snaps easier. Metal contracts when cold so valve clearance increases causing more noise until it warms up and tightens back up.

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With 110K miles on the odometer the timing belt is over due for replacement. Honda"s recommendation for a service interval is 105K miles (maximum) or 7 years by time (maximum). Delaying this service is in no one's best interest.

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Old 01-15-2018, 11:03 AM   #8
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If you are running conventional motor oil it is going to tick for a bit at startup in those temperatures. It takes a while for thick oil to get to the lifters and valve train. Also check out the accessory belt tensioner and make sure it is not knocking.
Yes, it's time for a timing belt and timing component change and for a valve adjustment.
In regard to the original question a timing belt change isn't too hard. Just take your time. I much prefer the ASIN kit from Rockauto. A new water pump comes with it. Just swap out the tensioner pull pin with a hardened pin. The one it comes with is soft. It bends and then is a PIA to get out.

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Old 01-15-2018, 04:16 PM   #9
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Some procedures for doing the Timing Belt, etc. can be found here . . .
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6r...lNbzhKajA/view

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Old 01-16-2018, 05:20 PM   #10
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ticking while cold is also often attributed to broken and missing exhausst manifold to cyl head studs., easy to remove the heat shield get a mirror and look. oops my bad, sorry, im an ecotech junkie, forgot the 3.5. in my hurry to help ya.

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