Changed timing belt and tensioner, now have a clicking/clacking sound.
HELP. I need my truck for work Monday AM. I have a 94 Ranger 2WD with the 2.3 and 5 spd. I changed the timing belt and tensioner. The belt didn't break but with 254K miles it was way past due.
I went by the Haynes Manual. First thing I did was I set the engine to TDC via the #1 cylinder, verified the cam sprocket mark and the crankshaft keyway at 12 O'clock. The auxiliary shaft has a timing mark but nothing to align it up with so I left it in the position it was in when I started the work.
I installed the belt and new tensioner, set the tension, rotated the crankshaft 4-5 times and checked all the marks. Everything lined up. I buttoned everything back up and went to crank the engine. It started right up but at the upper front right side of the head there is a fairly loud clacking noise that was not there when I parked the truck.
I know the 93 and 94 years are different than other years when it comes to the oil pump/auxiliary shaft sprockets and how they line up. The auxiliary shaft sprocket has a mark but there is no mark to align it with.
Oil pressure has always been around the 3/4 mark on the gauge and I've always used full synthetic oil and good filters.
It was running fine when I parked it to start the belt swap. What could I have done to cause the clacking noise.
I searched this problem on the forums here but didn't find anything that was helpful in this situation.
Last edited by Rider99XX; 02-27-2011 at 04:53 PM.
Reason: Problem solved.