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    i found out today after my car went in the garage that the car care plan warrenty is not valid because it didnt have a inspection before i had it.

    anyway the problem is the chain rattles for a couple of seconds when i first start it when left for a while but doesnt always do it. does anyone else get this? so i wanted the tensioner done but now they wont pay so i was thinking i heard i can fit the 2lt turbo tensioner is this worth doing for better reliability.

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    H imate,
    Funnily enough my 2.2 does the same , but like you say doesn't always do it, and with mine I get a strange sort of whirring/whining sound from mine also until it warms up, which VX tell me is normal for the 2.2 particularly the Z22SE (three different Vx dealers have had a listen and tell me the same) which mine is. I have also heard that the 2ltr turbo tensioner is a better bet, mind you I don't know what's so different about it though.
    Cheers Pete

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    i dont get the whirring sound but then its the direct (z22yh)engine.
    i cant get why it does it sometimes in no patten?

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    No, I don't know mate! I know there was an issue with the Z22YH engine and the crank case ventilation valve causing a rattling sound when idling , but if with yours it's only doing it for a few seconds after start up, it may not be this, any slight rattling noise when it's warm?
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    there is a little bit couldnt sus if it was noisy or normal, its ok when inside but if im outside the car when its running sounds a bit rattlly. what is the crank case breath issue?
    thanks

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    2 weeks after purchase with 35000 miles, my timing chain tensioner undid itself and fell off. the car rattled badly. at first the warranty company said they wouldn't pay as they thought it was a pre-existing condition. the garage i bought it from told the workshop to continue, when they started stripping it they found a bolt had fallen out, this changed it to a valid clim. good job too for someone as the head had to come off the repair the thread. total cost was over a grand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_w View Post
    2 weeks after purchase with 35000 miles, my timing chain tensioner undid itself and fell off. the car rattled badly. at first the warranty company said they wouldn't pay as they thought it was a pre-existing condition. the garage i bought it from told the workshop to continue, when they started stripping it they found a bolt had fallen out, this changed it to a valid clim. good job too for someone as the head had to come off the repair the thread. total cost was over a grand.
    thats why i wanted to get it done to avoid them sort of costs
    mine is at 48k now

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    Is it deffo the tensioner? Mine makes a noise from warm start up not cold and not hot. Really clatters for a few seconds, from advice from the 2.2 forum its pointing towards a sticking hydraulic lifter. Vid HERE Runs smooth as a nut once started. Benny on 2.2 is a VX tec and does members chains and tensioners on the side. The guy has nothing but praise, will do any 2.2 whether its the SE or YH. You'd be wise to pop over there mate, its a specialist forum for our lumps and full of very knowledgeable guys.

    I for one am going to ask benny to do mine in the new year some time just for piece of mind and the lump has only done just over 20k.

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    mine done this this morning I was told it maybe the hydrolic lifters mine is the Z22YH

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    my astra used to rattle on start up for a second or 2,i had the chain kit done and the guide rail broke up,on the 2.2 a rattle on start up is your early warning so i would get the chain done like yesterday otherwise you may end up with a very big bill

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