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Camshafts & Timing Chains

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Timing Chain Guide Rails
The timing chains ride along these rails.
Timing Chain Rail - Lower Timing Chain

Timing Chain Rail - Camshaft to Camshaft Chain

Timing Chain Rail - Crankshaft to Exhaust Cam Chain

Timing Chain Tensioners

The tolerances between the valves and pistons on some engines are very narrow, and this potentially disastrous dance between parts is all kept in harmony by the timing chain and tensioners. Make sure yours are all in proper working shape so you can continue to hear sweet sounds from your engine for years to come.
Timing Chain Tensioner for Camshaft to Camshaft Chain

Chain Tensioner Piston - Timing Chain

Aluminum Washer - 26 X 31 X 2 mm - Chain Tensioner Piston
One-Piece Lower Chain Tensioner Update Kits
Our One-Piece Tensioner Kits will replace the original 2-piece lower chain tensioner with the style that was originally developed for the E36 M3 S50 motor . This improved tensioner is a single-piece assembly that utilizes a double-piston design with a stronger spring than the original. Switching to this unit is especially advised if you are experiencing increased timing chain rattle on startup or deceleration - a common problem on high-mileage vehicles. Available for early and late model applications.

For more information about this procedure, check out our Technical Article on BMW Lower Chain Tensioner Replacement.

Timing Covers and Parts

The timing covers cover the timing chains or belts and allow access to them. They can warp over time. Here at Pelican we carry all the gaskets you need for servicing your timing system. Always replace the timing cover gasket with a new one when removing the cover.
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